Join us at 2pm today, Monday 8th June for what might be an unexpected episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be learning about the surprising very real world literary output of the steampunk city of New Babbage - a city based in Second Life.
This is a rather different show for us as usually we get caught up in dangerous adventures when we visit the city. But this time we are able to three of the people closely involved with the development of New Babbage's Literary output. We learn about the inspiration for this - the determination that what had been created in New Babbage would live beyond Second Life through publications in the real world. And we hear about some of the writers who have been involved not only in the creation of the three Tales from New Babbage books, but in other literary endeavours too.
Designing Worlds explores the Literary World of New Babbage
We discuss how roleplay can feed in to literature - and how it can hinder it! And we look at how the New Babbage website has become a centre for writing both individual and collaborative.
And we talk to Ceejay Writer who - under her real world name of Lori Alden Holuta - is writing and publishing a series of books - The Brassbright Chronicles - inspired by the city of New Babbage. Ceejay explains how the Brassbright concept came to life through a character bio that got well out of hand!
It makes for a fascinating show - and we may even catch a fleeting glimpse of Mr Biggins! So do join us at 2pm SLT today.
Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the AviewTV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.
If you are interested in learning more about the literature of New Babbage discussed in this show, here is a reading list compelled by Ceejay:
Phineas Frakture was an avatar in New Babbage before jumping off to his own adventures!
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture: Steam Wars
Steam & Sorcery: a Transdimensional Adventure
This steampunk western was written by a little clockwork dragon at the CocoaJava Cafe in New Babbage. The book’s dedication page thanks the city of New Babbage.
Wild Cards and Iron Horses
Lori Alden Holuta
Books inspired by city of New Babbage while the author’s avatar resided there. The Brassbright concept came to life through a character bio that got well out of hand.
The Flight To Brassbright
The Steamkettle Kids Save The Day
Captive Sky, Truant Heart is based on a New Babbage avatar named Sky. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
Captive Sky, Truant Heart (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 1)
Day of the Dragons: The Girl in the Corner... (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 2)
Emerson Lighthouse, a New Babbage avatar, appears in the story. The publisher, Penny Gaff Publishing LLC, maintains a virtual publishing house in New Babbage.
A Drop of the Venom: Leviathan's Bane (Clockhaven Chronicles Book 3)
Author’s avatar of a clockwork teddy bear features in one story, set in New Babbage. Other stories are also set in the city.
Runs Like Clockwork
Various Authors with New Babbage Avatars
Tales of New Babbage: The Steampunk City Volumes 1 - 3
Collections of former Flash Fiction contests: Dialogues Volumes 1-5, free in the R.F. Burton Library in New Babbage. Look to the left just as you enter the library.