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Old 05-22-2010, 10:02 PM   #1
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Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear & Friends: The Mongoliad

http://mongoliad.com/

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mo..._edit_sections

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The Mongoliad is a rip-roaring adventure tale set 1241, a pivotal year in history, when Europe thought that the Mongol Horde was about to completely destroy their world. The Mongoliad is also the beginning of an experiment in storytelling, technology, and community-driven creativity.

Our story begins with a serial novel of sorts, which we will release over the course of about a year. Neal Stephenson created the world in which The Mongoliad is set, and presides benevolently over it. Our first set of stories is being written by Neal, Greg Bear, Nicole Galland, Mark Teppo, and a number of other authors; we're also working closely with artists, fight choreographers & other martial artists, programmers, film-makers, game designers, and a bunch of other folks to produce an ongoing stream of nontextual, para-narrative, and extra-narrative stuff which we think brings the story to life in ways that are pleasingly unique, and which can't be done in any single medium.

Very shortly, once The Mongoliad has developed some mass and momentum, we will be asking fans to join us in creating the rest of the world and telling new stories in it. That’s where the real experiment part comes in. We are building some pretty cool tech to make that easy and fun, and we hope lots of you will use it.

People will be able to get The Mongoliad over the web and via custom clients for mobile devices - we're going to start out with iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle apps, and will probably do more in the not too distant future.
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Old 09-01-2010, 12:17 PM   #2
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Chapter One is out: http://www.nytimes.com/external/vent...l-n-97561.html

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The company, based in Seattle and San Francisco, has developed what it calls the PULP platform for creating digital novels. The core of the experience is still a text novel, but authors can add additional material like background articles, images, music, and video. There are also social features that allow readers to create their own profiles, earn badges for activity on the site or in the application, and interact with other readers.

Stephenson said in an interview that this material is an extension of what many science fiction and fantasy novels already offer.

“I can remember reading Dune for the first time, and I started by reading the glossary,” he said. “Any book that had that kind of extra stuff in it was always hugely fascinating to me.”
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I signed up. I thought they'd have their iPad app out but it doesn't appear so

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Looked interesting, so I signed up. I wonder if it can only be read online?
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Looks interesting I'm signing up.

This project has been mentioned in one of Norway's leading on-line IT-magazine, the text is unfortunately in Norwegian but Google translate does a decent job:
http://translate.google.com/translat...jetong&act=url

The original article can be found here:
http://www.digi.no/850301/her-er-ver...e-bokfoljetong
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After reading the introduction and a bit of the first chapter I'm entirely unconvinced. They start with the flimsiest of premises (a bunch of grown men who want to play at sword-fighting) and decide to monetise that by spinning off a load of ancillary merchandise ("illustrations, graphic novels, maps, and eventually games and movies") while papering over the cracks with a hefty dollop of Web2.0-orrhoea.

Maybe Novels-as-a-Service is the way to go to counter the effects of piracy on pulp genre. But it might be an idea to start off with something a bit more developed than 'how can I describe a realistic sword-fight'.
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The original article can be found here:
http://www.digi.no/850301/her-er-ver...e-bokfoljetong
Thanks for the link. Have to say the last paragraph made me chuckle just a little Nothing new under the sun.
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