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How to create a space monster

20/09/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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With the launch of their sci-fi/horror series, The Deadbooks, PantherRun has taken one part movie, one part book, one part radio, and tossed it into the blender. What pours out is a hyper-serialization of his Deadbooks novels.

For the last eight years, Hasso Wuerslin has been working on the hyper-serialization of his Deadbooks novels. What's a hyper-serialization, you ask? You expose a story to a mash-up of story-telling techniques from such mediums as film, TV, radio, print; a mash-up only exists because of the distribution power of the net.

"When you really think about it," Wuerslin tells SFcrowsnest.com, "there's only been one paradigm-busting form of entertainment created thus far for The Net - video games; everything else has been just a port to the computer screen. But the power of The Net is that it doesn't care how you tell the story; doesn't care what techniques you combine. It will show whatever you put up. Take for example books and movies. Today books and movies can never go on a date. The book can't join the movie in the theatre, and the movie can't join the book in the book - even if it's the same story. But on The Net, they can bleed into each other; word, image and sound, coexisting in the moment, creating a very different experience for the observer."

His ten-hour, first season will feature 30 actors, and 40 musical groups from around the world. It will tell the story a mining scout ship, led by the gifted Shallen, who discovers an Earth void of human life... except for the memories of a long dead, Will Lant - memories so powerful that they posses Shallen, revealing to him Lant's final days; days in which Lant was forced to live the lives of three alternate beings in a desperate attempt to rectify a terrible mistake.

Now, like the spider, the ghost of Lant traps all passersby, in the hopes that one can achieve what he could not bring himself to do.

More over at www.deadbooks.com

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