A major step completed. Several actually. The ZE website is up, people are extending stories and inventing new ones, as desired. The physical graphic novel, the GN part of the GNARG, has gone off to the printers. Ten copies to the film festival for judging, giving away and such. It is more or less done. Whatever happens from here the work is released, the print version soon will be and it is more or less ‘done’. On to other works. But of course ZE itself will now never end.
In terms of entering such a retro (in some ways) work into a category clearly pushing “futuristic” (even though it’s early 1970s technology) wraparound VR headsets, I think it is firmly and properly in the PKD tradition. It’s very much like all those guys in his stories still selling mood organs and having to convert to android manufacture, or galactic pot healers and so on. PKD wasn’t corporatist, and he wasn’t conformist. And he was deeply suspicious of immersive technology of all kinds, witness: Mercerism, the plastic doll gestalt and many more.
Unlike last time when webhosting was entrusted to someone else this time long term webhosting has been arranged so the online extendable version will endure. And as the years go by occasional new writers will deal themselves in, the Tumblr community will grow, and all will be well.
FUTURE, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary