Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fiction's latest iteration

Pretty cool in theory -- interactive short stories buttressed by online elements like Google Maps and Google Earth. Plus, there's a nice carrot at the end of the stick -- the chance to win a library of Penguin Classics.
Some of the UK's best young novelists are working with computer games designers to create digital short stories, each inspired by a classic work of literature but featuring games, blogs and web tools.

The first of the six stories is Charles Cumming's The 21 Steps, based on John Buchan's classic thriller The 39 Steps.

It uses Google Maps and Google Earth to follow the trail of a bewildered young Londoner who witnesses a murder and is forced to smuggle a mysterious liquid on to a plane.
Check out the stories here.

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