Shadow Unit

Shadow Unit is such a cool idea. People are so inventive, and the internet continues to provide new ways to express that creativity. There’ll always be books – I wouldn’t want a future without them – but technology is helping create space for artists to fill in interesting ways.

Here’s Elizabeth Bear’s introduction for Shadow Unit pulled from her LiveJournal.

…Shadow Unit is, more or less, the website for a serial drama in internet form. Or possibly it’s a fan site for a TV show that doesn’t exist.

Over the next couple of months, the site will be updated on a weekly or biweekly basis with new information, vignettes, character sketches, character bios, a community message board, and other exciting things.

And starting in mid-February, there will be a series of novellas and novellettes, and one complete novel. Approximately one story every two weeks for sixteen weeks (though we are still tweaking the schedule), comprising the first season (of hopefully many) of a television show that doesn’t exist.

Some of the content will be free. Some will be by subscription. (Subscriptions will be extremely reasonable.) There will be DVD extras, deleted scenes, background information, character-based digressions, and I dunno what all else.

The staff writers (as of today) are Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Sarah Monette, and myself. The Brilliant Web Ghoul and Fabulous Artist is Amanda Downum. The Technical Supergeek is Stephen Shipman.

I am so geeked I can hardly stand it. Setting this up has been exhausting, exciting, and downright mad. It’s a work in progress: it’s rough, ready, and under construction. You’re in at the ground floor.

We sincerely hope you have nearly as much fun playing in this world as we have in creating it.

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~ by Samer on January 10, 2008.

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