With Comic-Con happening next week–and Fringe filming commencing soon–I figured now would be a good time to update status about the book that I am writing this summer and fall. If you missed the initial announcement: It’s a history of the Fringe fandom, our creative works, and of our efforts to keep Fringe on the air. The working title is Quantum Entanglements: Fringe Fans Acting at a Distance.
I’ve been thinking about this project ever since the success of Fringenuity’s #CrossTheLine social media campaigns, and now I have an excellent outline to start.
The hope is to have the book ready for publication shortly after the series finale. I plan on making it available as a print book through Amazon’s CreateSpace and as an e-book for Kindle.
Since the topic is about fans, I’ll be contacting some folks about their roles in various capacities. If you’d like to contribute in some manner, please send your proposal to email@example.com.
I’m really excited about this project. It’s nothing fancy, but if Fringe fans want something done, we have to do it on our own. I want to make this something enduring—something to document this special family and the times we will never forget.
This book has not been authorized by FOX Network, Warner Brothers, or Bad Robot Productions. It is an act of love, and a study in fan culture and social television. I expect no real profit from this venture. Just enough to cover image licensing fees, art work, editing, and a bit for my time in writing it.
Some topics to be covered, but not a final list:
- The Heart of the Fringe Fandom – Why fans love the show so much. Who makes up the Fringe fan base?
- All Corners of the Internet — Where fans communities are found. Forums, Blogs, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Facebook, Google +, GetGlue, etc.
- The Power to Create — Fanfiction, Podcasts, Art, music, food—you name it. #WhereIsPeterBishop video feature.
- Television Transformation – Social TV embraced by the Fringe fandom
- Cortexifans Activated – Efforts to keep Fringe on the Air. eg: The Fringe Network and Fringenuity. Season 3 :The Friday “Deathslot” move… Red Vines and white tulips postcards mailed to FOX.
- Recognition: Fans honor cast, crew, and EPs with awards. Reactions to Awards. Other cool fan displays of affection.
- The Bridge: Interaction with Joel Wyman and Jeff Pinkner. The promotional genius of fans Ari Margolis and Bart Montgomery.
- In the Field: Fan encounters with Fringe filming.
- Gatherings — Comic-Con, Wondercon, Misc. cons. The Fringe Event
- The Recordists: Media support of Fringe fans – various magazine, reviews, etc.
- Soft Spots — Controversies in the fanbase
- Over There – International Fringe Fan efforts.
- Real is a Matter of Perception: Thoughts from fans about the show‘s meaning and the fandom.
- A New Timeline The Science Channel. Predictions about future fan activities.