Seems it's turning out to be hellova year here, and we're only 4 months in. So far in 2017, here at MBD we've had Digital-Fiction-Award-shortlisted projects, and honorable mentions, and theorising all over the MDB shop: most of which have been centered on the release of "All the Delicate Duplicates", on which we hit the big red Steam publish button in February.
Well, ain't this grand? Episode 6 of Inanimate Alice, "The Last Gas Station", has received an Honourable Mention in the Electronic Literature Organisation's 2016 Robert Coover Prize: "The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature is an award given for the best work of electronic literature of any length or genre. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation from supporters and members of the ELO, this $1000 annual prize aims to recognize creative excellence.
Remember that crazybig announcement we had fun teasing you with in our last post? Well, now the embargo has been lifted, we're gobstonkingly thrilled to announce that "Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads", our new Interactive Digital Novel and Virtual Reality Series, has been selected for production funding through the Canada – Australia Interactive Digital Media Incentive! This shiny new Incentive is administered by the Canada Media Fund and Screen Australia.
For years, early adopters have presented the Inanimate Alice series to their students, capturing their imaginations and inspiring them to create their own versions of the story. Despite all the inefficiencies of browser/wifi access, those teachers have visited and revisited the site, time and again. They have been rewarded through extraordinarily high levels of student engagement.
It's certainly been a rollercoastery week [or dozen] here at MBD Headquarters, with "The Dead Tower" about to blast across the Electronic Literature stratosphere via the impending release of the Third Volume of the Electronic Literature Collection, our + Dreaming Methods' Transmedia/VR Project "Pluto" getting much Tumblr love after winning their 2015 International Award, and last [but in no way least] "