Sunday, August 30, 2009

Announcing the AETHER AGE

I finally make good on a promise that I have been making for weeks: we are resuscitating the "Shared World" scheme. As regular readers of this page may be aware, this is a plan to create a fictional milieu which will be open to any writer for the creation of new stories. We will be putting together some sort of special issue of M-Brane of such work eventually.

After some consultation with Brandon Bell, who came up with the idea to have a shared world in the first place and who suggested many of its key characteristics, we have decided to call it The Aether Age. I have posted at the first draft of what will eventually be formal guidelines for working within this universe. The document can be downloaded or read online there. If you are interested in creating something within this new realm, please check it out. Also, all the past posts related to this project can be called together here using the "shared world" label.

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Anonymous said...

I made myself laugh at the 'they are at Victorian tech levels (think steampunk).... but no airplanes' part. I was referring to the parenthetical comment, not those pesky Victorian airplanes. ;)

Also, I'd like to hear anyone's thoughts about what we're suggesting is the key element of uplift: the printing press.

Christopher Fletcher said...

I didn't even catch that airplanes thing. Now it seems quite funny!

And yeah, I, too, would be interested in other people's thoughts about the printing press. I think it's huge. I think it's a great choice if there's to be one major thing that changes it all.

Anonymous said...

It's good that the project is being resurrected - now, I have to read the guidelines again.




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