Perpetual Nomads, May 2017: Shortlisted and Keynoted

Seems as if there’s something magic in the air this month: maybe it’s May Madness reaching fever pitch? Or something.

…aaaaaaaanyway, here at PN headquarters we have two exciting news-bits to share, the first being that our Beta version has been shortlisted in the first ever UK competition to find the best new examples of popular Digital Fiction! As the University of Bangor says about the competition:

The Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition, run by Sheffield Hallam University and Bangor University, and part of the AHRC-funded Reading Digital Fiction project, is awarding prizes to winners in the categories of Judges’ Prize, People’s Choice, Student Prize and Children’s Story Prize.

The public is invited to the event, to take place at 7pm in the Main Arts Lecture Theatre, College Road, Bangor. Event details can be found here. All are welcome to read and vote on the People’s Choice shortlist by visiting our competition website.

Digital fictions are different to e-books and are known as ‘born digital’, as they would lose some of their form and meaning if they were removed from the digital medium.

Digital fictions require the reader to interact with the narrative throughout the reading experience. This may include hyperlinks, moving images, mini-games or sound effects. In many digital fictions, the reader has a role in constructing the narrative by controlling a character’s journey through the story.

As if that wasn’t enough for fabbo news for one month, Perpetual Nomads has also found its way into the Keynote given by the talented Carolyn Guertin at “Digital Narratives Around the World: A Symposium on the Global Encounters of Computing and Storytelling”. In her talk, Carolyn outlined:

“…how transmedia is a transcultural phenomena and…how literary transmedia is being used as a cultural framework for small screen digital storytelling that uses storyworlds to reflect glocal realities.”

We’re chuffed too that Jess Laccetti, one of our lovely Inanimate Alice boffins, tweet-documented some of Carolyn’s Keynote here (thanks, Jess!):

Hey, Alice here…

Hey, Alice here. Yeah, okay so it’s been a *teensy* little while since I updated my development blog. Isn’t that what happens with blogs?  Well, guess what! I’m back. And feeling supersonically bloggy, not least because I’m finally working on a new project. It’s called Perpetual Nomads.

What’s super-cool about PN is that I’ve decided to create this one not just for PC and Mac, but also for Virtual Reality too. Yep. You really can ‘step into my shoes’.

So what is Perpetual Nomads? Is it like, my 7th episode? Actually, nope, it’s not. It’s a brand new adventure that sits somewhere between The Last Gas Station and Episode 7. Remember at the end of the Last Gas Station when I get onboard the bus after my exhaustingly dramatic work shift? Well, this new story picks up pretty much exactly from there, with me sitting alone on the bus heading back through the desert to the city…

Want to find out when Perpetual Nomads is released? Put your email address in the box on my new Perpetual Nomads holding page and I’ll send you an announcement as soon as it’s ready.  And don’t worry – I’ll *never* share your details with anyone else, promise.


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What’s all this about then?

The Perpetual Nomads is a Virtual Reality (VR) Adventure set in the Inanimate Alice fictional universe. Fans of the series who have been following Alice’s adventures for over ten years will be just as thrilled by this newest chapter entitled Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads. Told through innovative Virtual Reality technology, Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads is scheduled for release in early 2018.

In Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads, Alice strives to remain upbeat in the face of a challenging world filled with environmental upheavals, identity questioning, and geographic displacement. Please visit here to be notified about Perpetual Nomads news, updates and freebies.