A “choose your own adventure” style podcast will begin
in a few days via iTunes. The complete Silent
Universe press release is below.
SANTA CLARITA, California–February 7, 2006–until
now, podcasting has been a high-tech version of a poor
man’s talk radio. On February 15th, the Silent
Universe–an edgy SciFi drama with a “choose your own
adventure” twist–will premiere on www.silentuniverse.com
and iTunes (promo available at www.silentuniverse.com/silentuniverse.mp3).
In the series of monthly episodes, agents of the
secret counter-terrorist organization “SERENDIPITY”
will fight to undermine the deadly efforts of
dictators, assassins, warlords and political
extremists. But what makes this dramatic podcast truly
unique is that its audience will be able to guide the
storyline by giving ideas and feeback through a
dedicated set of internet forums.
With a style of drama that mixes elements of “24” and
the new “Battlestar Galactica,” each episode of the
Silent Universe reveals layers of suspense and
intrigue that leaves audiences guessing at what twists
its plot will take next. Its motley cast of characters
includes weapons specialists, a computer hacker, an
ex-mercenary and even a casino tycoon, all forced to
go to extreme lengths to prevent tragedy from striking
the solar system. In a world where nuclear weapons are
common to even the poorest countries and the United
Nations is nothing but a quaint historical footnote,
even the smallest conflict between powers can threaten
to plunge mankind into Armageddon.
Interactivity is the key to Silent Universe’s appeal,
though. Fans will have the opportunity to participate
directly in the story development process, working
side-by-side with the production team by offering
critiques and suggestions in the online forums (www.silentuniverse.com/forums).
This kind of “open” storytelling will encourage
listeners of the Silent Universe to get invested in
the podcast; upgrading them from a passive audience to
active loyal partners in the series–a point that is
often lost on large scale entertainment producers
Starting on February 15th, and proceeding at an
episode-per-month pace, the Silent Universe podcast
will paint a world that is futuristic, yet hauntingly
reflective of modern themes. The 11 episodes of its
first season will draw in audiences with its
unapologetic exposé of human interest, while
maintaining the thrill of a masterfully written SciFi
adventure. With a talented cast of professional voice
artists and an edgy concept which takes pride in
turning space opera clichés on their ear, the Silent
Universe will prove the viability of a new paradigm in
About the Silent Universe:
The Silent Universe podcast is a StarKnight
Interactive production, featured at www.silentuniverse.com.
Brainchild of maverick writer J. Marcus Xavier, whose
imaginings have earned him public recognition from
sources like the Sci Fi Channel’s Science Fiction
Weekly, Nintendo Power Magazine, NetSurfer Digest and
TheForce.net, the podcast represents the next
innovation in a pathway of interactive online
storytelling first championed by Xavier in TrekWars:
The Furry Conflict (www.furryconflict.com).
Julius Harper, Jr.
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