Storytelling in new Frontiers
6 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Blog 0
I was going to blog about a great Twitter Tool but while I was working Karin was playing the latest episode of the Yogscast and I was blown away by what I was seeing. Now if you don't know what the Yogscast is that's ok, your probably not a teenage boy. In short it's two guys playing the game minecraft and videoing it. Now as unappealing as that might sound I think if you are a writer this particular episode is a must watch. The creators take "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" and moves the story on to what happens next. Execution aside the methods used to tell the story and the world created (by amateur game players no less) are as innovative as I have seen and given that these episodes are likely to be seen by more than a million people... This is a great lesson in - "It's not the Tool but what you do with it that counts."

Part 1

Part 2

This Weeks Podcast – Chocky

I am still working out the podcast for the week but I am hoping it will be the John Wyndham book/tv series “Chocky”. This series was a favourite of mine growing up because it goes past the idea that Aliens will descend upon us in spaceships to offer a different and thought provoking alternative. Wyndham was an exceptionally original SF writer and a personal hero, his books followed on from John Christophers to give me the sense that we could have a rational adult discussion on various issues through the medium of science fiction. Chocky, The Chrysalids, The Trouble with Lichen and the Day of the Triffids all explore issues relevant to us now yet were written nearly 50 years ago. It shows how valuable science fiction can be in viewing the world we live in as SF is not bound by the politics of today.

Daily Song

Now if you don’t know what minecraft is, this song will teach you

Daily Picture

Art by the Martian Graphic Artist Sarah.

Not that dark really… by *TheatreDesVampires on deviantART

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