Fan Fiction

Fan Fiction upload page

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Readers: you are invited to continue to build the world of The Ark with your own contributions. Were there gaps in the narrative you had an urge to fill? Characters you wanted to see more of? Scenes you wished to experience from another point of view? Were you intrigued by what might be happening in the world outside the bunker?

Why not share your ideas with other fans of The Ark? Create additional documents to add to The Ark: blog posts, emails, memos or BLiPPs. Or let your version of events take another form entirely: write a poem, a short story, a flash fiction, a radio play. Draw a cartoon, record a conversation or create a video; paint a picture, compile a playlist, render your vision in PhotoShop. The sky’s the limit: the world of The Ark is yours to build.

Fan Fiction FAQs 

What is fan fiction?

Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couch-bound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.
—Lev Grossman, TIME, July 07, 2011

Media scholar Henry Jenkins explains the correlation between transmedia storytelling and fan fiction:

The encyclopedic ambitions of transmedia texts often results in what might be seen as gaps or excesses in the unfolding of the story: that is, they introduce potential plots which can not be fully told or extra details which hint at more than can be revealed. Readers, thus, have a strong incentive to continue to elaborate on these story elements, working them over through their speculations, until they take on a life of their own. Fan fiction can be seen as an unauthorized expansion of these [stories] into new directions which reflect the reader’s desire to “fill in the gaps” they have discovered in the commercially produced material.

What kind of content should readers create?
Readers can create additions to the story in any medium. These creations can include written works, photos, illustrations, videos, soundtracks, etc 
What formats can be uploaded?
Written texts: Microsoft Word or Pages document (Mac)
Illustrations, photos etc: JPG or PNG
Audio Files: Soundcloud link
Videos: Vimeo or YouTube link
How do I upload fan fiction via the website?

Fan Fiction upload page

Drag your file onto the “drag your file(s) here to upload” box

 
Why can't I upload content anonymously?
Anonymous uploads seem to encourage people to submit inappropriate content of all stripes. Alas, there’s always a couple of idiots who ruin things for everyone else.

 Fan Fiction Ideas 

 
Fan Fiction Ideas: Book One - Kirk
SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

  • Create a book trailer for The Ark
  • Design a different cover for The Ark
  • Redesign one of the document formats in The Ark
  • Imagine you are one of the 26 people who receives Aidan’s memo announcing the closure of The Ark. How do you feel in that moment, knowing you are leaving life as you know it behind, indefinitely?
  • There are strict specifications for what can and can’t be brought to the Ark. What would you take with you? Why?
  • Imagine you’re a family member of one of the Ark employees. What are your first impressions of the Ark?
  • Create a print/radio/video advertisement for MyBytz (a personal mobile device)
  • The Ark is set in a world afflicted by a post-peak oil crisis. What does that world look like? How does the lack of fuel affect ordinary people? How are their lives different to our lives today?
  • Kirk is being openly defied by Aidan, shut out by Gabriella and abused by his manager. What is running through his mind? How is he behaving?
  • Some of The Ark inhabitants respond directly to Kirk’s LetterLike about Aidan being removed from his position, but many do not. How do they feel?
  • Rudolph is obviously loyal to Aidan. Why? What is their back story.
  • How do the inhabitants feel when Aidan BliPPs asking them to attend an unscheduled team engagement in response to Kirk’s communiques?
  • Some employees challenge Kirk’s attempt to remove Aidan from his position, defending Aidan’s mental state and behaviour. Is there anyone who is not so convinced that Kirk is in the wrong and Aidan is in the right?
  • How do the inhabitants react to the news that they are to be ‘liberated’ from the Ark, only a few days after they have arrived? Are they resentful? Or perhaps relieved?

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form.

Fan Fiction Ideas: Book One - Ava
SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

  • Ava describes how their bus is attacked on the way to the Ark. Show this scene from another perspective. Imagine you live in a neighbourhood ravaged by the Chaos, and you see others wasting fuel, travelling by bus to safety. How do you react?
  • Ava’s daughter Isadora is 8 years old. Show us the Ark like from her perspective.
  • The Privacy Pod is the only place in the Ark where an individual, a couple or a small group of people can be free of the scrutiny of the other inhabitants. What goes on in there?
  • Ava mentions the ‘food distribution shootings’. Show us those, in detail.
  • Ava describes the Chaos Control Corps as ‘trigger-happy sixteen year old half-wits’. Imagine you are recruited by the CCC. What is your life like?
  • Tillie complains of having a ‘pimply-faced teenager with a gun trained on me at the checkout’. How else are the people outside the bunker suffering as a result of the Chaos?
  • Is Aidan mentally unstable? Has he ever been hospitalised? Seen a psychologist? Are there recordings of those sessions or records of some kind?
  • Acting out of fear for her daughter, Ava makes a somewhat rash decision to enter the Ark. What other decisions are parents being forced to make to protect their loved ones from the Chaos?
  • Mia recommends Ava discusses her concerns with Alejandro. Which other inhabitants are seeing Alex in his capacity as a psychologist? Are they too subject to secret surveillance? What is being said in those sessions?
  • Etienne and Ava are the only inhabitants who openly challenge Aidan about the ethics of initiating the time-delay lock without their consent. How do the other inhabitants react to the news?
  • Outside the bunker, what other kinds of documents are being transmitted via Headless Horsemen?
  • What was the content of Gab’s report on Headless Horsemen for the federal police?
  • Ali Abdullal suggest advocating use of the Headless Horseman implies SynbioTec might be affiliated with organised crime or engaged in other illegal activities. Has someone done some investigative journalism around that possibility? Has it been reported on?
  • Aidan is worried that the Parlez-Vite about the use of Headless Horsemen will enable SynBioTec to create a personality profile on each of his team members. Perhaps SynBioTec already has a personality profile on every team member. What do these profiles contain?
  • Explore the ethical pros and cons of Headless Horseman in an essay, a debate or any form you think would fit.
  • Gabriella suggests there should be a forum for raising grievances within the Ark. What grievances are raised through this forum?
  • Tillie recommends Ava talk to Nisha about her concerns regarding the Headless Horsemen. How does that conversation unfold?
  • Much has been written about SynBioTec’s agenda to take control of crop diversity. Produce a report about these rumours.
  • Aidan mentions Ava’s friendship with Alex’s wife Darya. How do Darya and Ava become friends? How do they spend their time together? What do they talk about?
  • Etienne confesses to Tillie that Ava is on the verge of ‘another’ breakdown. When was her first breakdown? And what caused it? How did she recover?
  • The Supreme Court decision to back insurance companies who refuse to pay out on Chaos-related claims by classifying them as ‘Acts of War’ is ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’ in terms of the Chaos in Australia. The government seizes control of the media …but there are other ways to report on the Supreme Court decision and the response by the Australian people.
  • Ava refers to literature which predicts people having a depressive response to bunker life. What form does this literature take?
  • Tillie mentions ‘crop-failure riots’ Show us more about these.
  • The Supreme Court Decision is followed by the closure of schools and nonessential industries. How do people outside the bunker respond to this news?
  • Report on the ‘freezing’ of the global stock market.
  • Isa is taken to visit her mother in the Vitality Compact. How do they spend their time together? How much does Isa understand about her mother’s ‘illness’? How much does she know about what is happening in the world outside the Ark. Show us the world through her eyes.
  • Alex takes Ava through some therapeutic psychoanalysis while under hypnosis. What is revealed in these sessions?
  • Etienne asks Tillie to ‘skip the gory details’ about life in the outside world in her emails to Ava. What kinds of things is Tillie experiencing? How has her life changed because of the Chaos?
  • Ava imagines one day the Ark might become a museum. Create a webpage, brochure or advertisement for The Ark Museum.
  • What do Tillie and her neighbours discuss during their cooperative meetings? Is there some kind of record kept?
  • How else are people responding to the challenges of living amid the Chaos? Are there survivalist groups? Cults? Opportunist criminals? An increase in religious affiliation?
  • Is there video footage of people making purchases from the Chaos Control Corps ‘ice-cream vans’?
  • Paige designs a Vitality Program to assist with Ava’s recovery. What do they talk about when they spend time together? Are their sessions recorded?
  • Though perhaps not as sophisticated, there must be bunkers all over the world. What are they like? How are their communities organised?
  • Provide more information about Claustro-Stress and Depression Syndrome.
  • Provide more information about Context Learning. Are there records kept?
  • Etienne mentioned the ‘third wave’ of riots. What do these entail and how do they affect people?
  • When Field Marshall Carey is elected Military Governor he suspends the right to assembly. What else does he say in his opening address?
  • After television and the internet are decomissioned, Tillie and her companions use email to try to get a picture of how the Chaos is affecting people across Australia. What sort of replies do they receive?
  • At one stage Tillie considers suicide. What goes through her mind when she contemplates it? Does she tell her companions? Have they considered it too?
  • What takes place in Alex’s workshop on coping with being completely cut off from any communication with the outside world?
  • What happens to Tillie and her companions after Ava loses contact with her?

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form. 

Fan Fiction Ideas: Book One - Roscoe
SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

  • Who are the people who comment on Roscoe’s blogposts? Do any of them have their own blogs (aka ‘Blasts)? Or do they have some other means of recording or responding to the Chaos?

  • bu11fight@ is particularly resentful of Rosco’s privilege in having a bunker to retreat to; what is her/his experience of the Chaos?

  • Roscoe describes Koshan as ‘sum retro comms freak from Tajikistan’, who was recruited for his expertise on obsolete communication apps. What was his life like before he was recruited by the Ark?

  • In the post ‘journeyin by bus chaos-style’ Roscoe describes their journey to the bunker. Show part of this journey from the perspective of someone outside the bus.

  • Armoured guards accompanied the Ark employees and their families to the Ark. What happened to them afterwards? Did they try to gain entry to the Ark?

  • Report on the ‘multiVitz riot’.

  • d0td@sh mentions ‘kids carryin guns in their skoolbagz’: what might be the impact of this?

  • Create one of the reports linked to in the comments on Roscoe’s blog:B

    • Bus Passengers Attacked by Starving Mob in Ecuador
    • Pip-Pop Tested on Death-Row Inmates
    • Heart of Darkness: Africa Sinks Into Chaos
    • Australia Unprepared for Chaos
    • US Armed Forces Powerless Against Spread of Chaos
    • Gen X Know Y
    • Baby Boomers Put Planet in 2-Hard Basket
    • Road Toll Exceeds Nuclear casualties
    • Can’t Get Enuff: Aussie Brothels Report Record Number of Roots
  • Roscoe mentions ‘keepin undesirables out of a bunker’. Who are the undesirables? How do they try to get in? What do they want?
  • What do the bunker uniforms look like?
  • Erlend gives readers a glimpse into life in the real-life Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Kjersti (aged 10), his mother, Ditmar, Jens, the botanists Gregers and Elina, – 9 people in total.
  • Erlend mentions ‘pack ice all melted and all the sea passages open for the first time in recorded history’; how has the melting of the polar ice caps impacted the planet? What have been the other effects of climate change by 2041?
  • Erlend mentions one of the Svalbard scientists named Ditmar being attacked by a starving polar bear; is there footage of this attack? Reports?
  • When Roscoe complains about the quiet in the Ark, d0td@sh responds by saying she’d ‘rather hear nada than the sounds of ppl screamin’. Where is d0td@sh? How is the Chaos affecting her world?
  • n1ggeragua describes ‘ppl who look 1/2 dead lyin on the ground mumbling n groanin’. Who are those people? How did they reach such a state? Share their stories.
  • Arrhythmia laments the loss of simple pleasures we take for granted – seeing a favourite band play live, drinking champagne, even eating an apple? What other pleasures have been lost? How do people grieve those losses? Or compensate for them?
  • Erlend describes how the inhabitants of Svalbard are becoming ‘human memory stix’, memorising the names and characteristics of plants in case the data is lost. What would you record on your ‘human memory stick’?
  • Roscoe describes the alt-country music he’s been learning to play since inside the vault, including REM, My Morning Jacket and Wilco. Create a Spotify playlist for Roscoe.
  • mrw0lf describes the Chaos at its worst – being cold and hungry; confined to your house; living in fear of looters. Show us more of the world through mrw0lf’s eyes.
  • Roscoe spends time gaming with the Ark’s horticulturalist Kristjan. What do they talk about when they’re together? Is there any record of their interactions?
  • Erlend explains that his father worked for Svalbard in ‘Partnerships and Media’. What was a typical day in the life of Olav Bakke?
  • Erend’s father was murdered by oil bandits who made their getaway on skis. What are their lives like? What do they do with the oil they steal? How do they survive?
  • Roscoe’s mother, Mia, is a futurologist. According to Roscoe ‘she spends her time mapping out wot if scenarios’. What are some of the scenarios she has mapped out? What does the future look like, from the midst of the post-peak oil crisis?
  • There are no comments on Roscoe’s final blog post. What has happened to the people who followed his blog?
  • What happens to Erlend and the other inhabitants of Svalbard after Roscoe loses contact with him?

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form. 

Fan Fiction Ideas: Book One - Pilot

SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

  • Pilot’s parents discover that Pilot has moved into the seed bank through Kirk. Why doesn’t Pilot let them know as soon as he arrives in the Ark?
  • What impression do you have of Pilot’s father Digby? How might he survive the Chaos?
  • Aidan wrote his PhD thesis on ‘The Oratory Genius of Adolf Hitler’. How and when did Aidan’s interest in Hitler begin? What was Aidan like in his student days?
  • Pilot chose to confide his doubts about Aidan to Kristjan. Why? What was Kristjan’s response?
  • Why did Kristjan become an ‘unreliable ally’ in Pilot’s operation to hack the DigiVault?
  • Gabriella discovered Kristjan had been using the headless horseman to communicate with Kirk. What was the nature of their interactions?’
  • Rudolph questioned both Kristjan and Pilot about the attempted hacking. Aidan reports that ‘Kristjan was honest so it was easy’ whereas ‘Pilot put up some resistance’. Are there records of Kristjan and Pilot being questioned?
  • After Pilot is caught attempting to hack into the Arg’s digital vault, Aidan wonders whether he might be working for a third party such as another seed vault or a terrorist organisation. Who might these third parties be? What might they hope to gain by accessing the Ark’s digital vault?
  • Aidan asks Gabriella to move the transcript of their conversation about Pilot’s hacking into the maximum security file. What else is in this file?
  • Aidan discovers Pilot’s father knew Kirk Longrigg through the military. Show us their history.
  • After Pilot is caught and questioned by Rudolph he is very ill. What thoughts go through his mind when he’s in the Vitality Compact’s isolation pod?
  • Gabriella reports that there have been organised entry attempts on the Ark by unknown parties. Who might these parties be? How are they surviving the Chaos?
  • Show SynBioTec’s attempt to gain access to the Ark from the point of view of a member of the SynBioTec team, or from a member of the combat team inside the Ark.
  • Mia is a world expert on post-apocalyptic bunker survival. Do interviews with her exist? Copies or footage from keynote addresses at conferences? PowerPoint presentations? Opinion editorials? Is her research quoted in reports on the Chaos?
  • How do the Ark inhabitants feel about the time-delay lock being reset for an entire year.
  • Did Kirk leave a suicide note?

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form.

Fan Fiction Ideas: Book Two

SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

  • Almost two years have passed between the end of book one and the beginning of book two. What has happened inside the Ark during that period?
  • Maribel and Pilot now share the same family name. How did their relationship develop? What was a marriage like inside the Ark?
  • How do the Ark inhabitants feel when they receive the news that they can go outside for the first time in two years?
  • What do Etienne & Pilot talk about on their first excursion outside the Ark? Is there a record of their communications? Video footage?
  • How might the landscape on Mount Kosciuszko look, based on the changes reported by Etienne and Pilot?
  • Etienne describes abandoned camps outside the Ark: who lived in these camps? What happened to them?
  • Roscoe’s blog post is the only response we are given access to about being outside again for the first time. What was it like for the other inhabitants? What about the children? What are the night excursions like?
  • Felipe is the last to know about Paige’s affair with Aidan. How do the other inhabitants find out? Is it discussed?
  • Ruben is the first baby born inside the Ark. How is the birth received by the community?
  • After Felipe hits her, Paige rests in the Female Pocket with Gabriella. Is there a record of their conversation?
  • After spending a few nights in the Male Pocket Felipe realises how lonely it is for the community members who don’t have partners. Show this aspect of Ark life from the point of view of one of the single inhabitants.
  • For a long time, Gabriella is loyal to Aidan but is ultimately instrumental in the turn against him. What drives Gabriella? What is behind her support for Aidan, and her change of heart? What is her back story?
  • How do the Ark inhabitants feel about Gabriella’s announcement that Aidan’s life is threatened by the incident with Felipe?
  • Show the scene in which Felipe is excommunicated from the Ark.
  • Aidan was raised in a fundamentalist Mormon offshoot church with thirteen siblings and an abusive father. What was this part of his childhood like?
  • When he turned seven, Aidan’s mother left his father, taking Aidan with her to start a new life. What was this life like?
  • Aidan studied law and history. How did he become a project manager for the National Arboreal Protection Project. Who interviewed him? Is there a record of this interview?
  • The search parties fail to find Felipe. What happens to him after he leaves the Ark?
  • of the one thousand people living in the town of Thredbo, Griffin and Leilani find none alive. Many died in their homes, in their own beds. What were their last few days like, hungry and cold, knowing there was no way out?
  • Griffin and Leilani found two dozen people in the church. Had there been a mass suicide? or had people simply gone there to die? What was it like in that church, at the end?
  • How does life in the Ark change after Aidan and Rudolph are excommunicated?
  • What happens to Rudolph and Aidan outside the Ark?
  • The Ark is discovered in 2093 – more than fifty years after the inhabitants entered. What happens in the Ark in those years? What happens outside?
  • The newspaper report from 2093 refers to post-chaos rehabilitation centres: how are these centres formed? How do they operate?
  • How is the world rebuilt following the Chaos? How does humanity survive without oil?

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form.

Fan Fiction Ideas: Written Texts

SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

LETTERS/EMAILS

  • to a family/member or dear friend you must leave behind when you enter the ark
  • between one of the Ark’s minor characters and someone on the outside
  • between Tillie and her friends and acquaintances after martial law is declared
  • Kirk’s suicide note
  • Paige’s suicide note

ESSAYS*

  • the economic and social impacts of post-peak oil
  • the ethical pros and cons of Headless Horsemen
  • the melting of the polar ice caps
  • *feel free to invent sources to quote from

DIARIES/BLOGS

  • From the point of view of:
  • Tillie
  • 8 year old Isadora
  • One of the people who comments on Roscoe’s blog
  • Erlend’s mother or another inhabitant of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
  • Pilot’s father Digby
  • People in other bunkers
  • A member of one of the groups who attempted to break into the Ark
  • Aidan’s mother

NEWS REPORTS/BLOG POSTS

  • crop-failure riots
  • food distribution shootings
  • SynbioTec’s affiliation with organised crime or engagement in illegal activities
  • SynBioTec’s alleged agenda to take control of crop diversity
  • the Supreme Court decision to back insurance companies who refuse to pay out on Chaos-related claims
  • the closure of schools and nonessential industries
  • the ‘freezing’ of the global stock market
  • the multivitz riot
  • children carrying guns
  • Post-Chaos rehabilitation
  • OR
  • One of the reports linked to in the comments on Roscoe’s blog:
    • Bus Passengers Attacked by Starving Mob in Ecuador
    • Pip-Pop Tested on Death-Row Inmates
    • Heart of Darkness: Africa Sinks Into Chaos
    • Australia Unprepared for Chaos
    • US Armed Forces Powerless Against Spread of Chaos
    • Gen X Know Y
    • Baby Boomers Put Planet in 2-Hard Basket
    • Road Toll Exceeds Nuclear casualties
    • Can’t Get Enuff: Aussie Brothels Report Record Number of Roots

CONVERSATION TRANSCRIPTS

  • Ava and Nisha, discussing Headless Horsemen
  • Ava and Isadora, when Ava is in the Vitality Compact after her breakdown
  • Ava and Paige, during their vitality program sessions
  • Roscoe and Kristjan, while gaming
  • Pilot and Kristjan, regarding the attempt to hack the DigiVault
  • Rudolph and Pilot/Kristjan, during the questioning about the hacking attempt
  • Pilot and Maribel, when they decide to get married
  • Etienne and Pilot, on their first excursion outside the Ark
  • Paige and Gabriella, after Felipe hits Paige
  • Felipe’s excommunication from the Ark
  • Aidan’s job interview for the national Arboreal Protection Project

SPEECHES

  • Field Marshall Carey’s opening address upon his election as Military Governor

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

  • Alex’s workshop on how to cope with being cut off from communication with the outside world
  • Mia’s keynote address for post-peak oil conferences

PSYCHOLOGICAL NOTES AND PROFILES

  • Aidan’s breakdown prior to working for the Ark
  • Alejandro’s hypno-analysis of Ava
  • Alejandro’s sessions with other Ark inhabitants
  • SynBioTec’s files on Ark employees

TECHNICAL REPORTS

  • Gab’s report on Headless Horsemen for the federal police

WEBPAGES

  • The Ark Museum
  • Preparing for and coping with the Chaos
  • Claustro-Stress and Depression Syndrome

MEETING MINUTES

  • Tillie’s co-op meetings
  • Context Learning
  • Team engagements after Rudolph and Aidan’s excommunication

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form.

Fan Fiction Ideas: Audio

SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

VOICE MEMOS

  • For a family member to listen to after you have departed for the Ark

SOUNDSCAPES

  • The bus journey to the Ark
  • The ‘food distribution shootings’
  • The riots following the Supreme Court decision about chaos-related insurance claims
  • The attempt to break into the Ark by SynBioTec, or by another group
  • The games Roscoe plays with Erlend: Tsunami and Alien Plague
  • Olav Bakke’s murder
  • Excursions outside the Ark

PODCAST SEGMENTS

  • The post-peak oil crisis
  • SynBioTec, genetic modification and crop diversity
  • The Supreme Court decision on Chaos-related insurance claims
  • Surviving the Chaos
  • The closure of schools and non-essential industries
  • The freezing of the global stock market
  • Children carrying guns
  • One of the articles linked to in the comments on Roscoe’s blog:
    • Bus Passengers Attacked by Starving Mob in Ecuador
    • Pip-Pop Tested on Death-Row Inmates
    • Heart of Darkness: Africa Sinks Into Chaos
    • Australia Unprepared for Chaos
    • US Armed Forces Powerless Against Spread of Chaos
    • Gen X Know Y
    • Baby Boomers Put Planet in 2-Hard Basket
    • Road Toll Exceeds Nuclear casualties
    • Can’t Get Enuff: Aussie Brothels Report Record Number of Roots

PHONECALLS

  • Between Kirk and Juan Carlos

CONVERSATIONS

  • Between two or more characters in the Privacy Pod
  • Between Ava and Nisha abut Headless Horsemen
  • When Isa visits Ava in the Vitality Compact after her breakdown
  • From Tillie’s co-op meetings
  • Between Paige and other inhabitants during their workouts
  • During Context Learning sessions
  • Between Roscoe and Kristjan while gaming
  • Between Pilot and Kristjan about hacking the DigiVault
  • Etienne and Pilot’s first excursion outside the Ark
  • Paige’s conversation with Gabriella, while resting in the Female Pocket, after Felipe hits her
  • Felipe’s excommunication from the Ark

AUDIO ARCHIVES

  • Aidan’s therapy sessions after his breakdown, earlier in life
  • Ava’s hypnoalaysis sessions with Alex
  • Alex’s sessions with other Ark inhabitants
  • Ava’s therapy sessions after her first breakdown
  • Alex’s workshop on coping with the loss of communication with the outside world
  • Pilot and Kristjan being questioned by Rudolph after attempting to hack the DigiVault
  • Pilot and Maribel’s wedding
  • Aidan’s job interview for the role of Project Manager at the Ark

DEBATES

  • The pros and cons of Headless Horsemen

SPEECHES

  • Field Marshall Carey’s opening address upon his election as Military Governor
  • Mia’s keynotes address on the long-term impact of the post-peak oil crisis

PLAYLISTS

  • The alt-country music Rosco’s been learning to play on his guitar inside the Ark

RADIO ADVERTISEMENTS

  • MyBytz (personal mobile device)

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form.

Fan Fiction Ideas: Visual Art & Design

SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

DESIGN 

  • a different cover for The Ark
  • a different format for one of the document types in The Ark
  • a print advertisement for MyBytz (personal mobile device)
  • the post-peak oil world
  • the landscape on Mount Kosciuszko, based on the changes reported by Etienne and Pilot on their first excursion outside the Ark?
  • a scene from the novel e.g. Felipe’s excommunication from the Ark
  • a scene you can imagine taking place inside the Ark
  • a scene from the world outside the Ark, during the Chaos, e.g.
  • the food distribution shootings
  • the Chaos Control Corps
  • the riots following the Supreme court decision about Chaos-related insurance claims
  • the bus journey to the bunker
  • an attempt to gain entry to the bunker
  • the polar bear attack described by Erlend
  • the murder of Olav Bakke
  • the camps outside the Ark
  • other Chaos bunkers
  • the Ark uniforms
  • the logo/graphic interface/scenes from the games Roscoe plays with Erlend: Tsunami & Alien Plague

USING:

  • Pinterest
  • illustration
  • photographic representation
  • photoshop image
  • electronic or physical model
  • political cartoon
  • graphic novel
  • any other visual format

NOTE: These ideas are just a starting point; you can respond to the text in a million different ways, and in any form.

Fan Fiction Ideas: Videos

SPOILER ALERT: These fan fiction ideas reveal key plot points from The Ark.

  • a book trailer for The Ark

NEWS REPORTS

  • the post-peak-oil world world
  • SynBioTec’s attempts to control crop diversity
  • SynBioTec’s links to organised crime
  • Children carrying guns
  • A report linked to in the comments on Roscoe’s blog:
    • Bus Passengers Attacked by Starving Mob in Ecuador
    • Pip-Pop Tested on Death-Row Inmates
    • Heart of Darkness: Africa Sinks Into Chaos
    • Australia Unprepared for Chaos
    • US Armed Forces Powerless Against Spread of Chaos
    • Gen X Know Y
    • Baby Boomers Put Planet in 2-Hard Basket
    • Road Toll Exceeds Nuclear casualties
    • Can’t Get Enuff: Aussie Brothels Report Record Number of Roots
  • The Supreme Court decision on Chaos-related insurance claims
  • The closure of schools and essential industries
  • The freezing of the global stock market
  • Field Marshall Carey’s election & the declaration of Martial Law

REENACTMENTS

  • A scene referred to in the novel e.g.
  • the bus journey to the Ark
  • the food distribution shootings
  • the crop failure riots
  • Ava’s hypnotherapy sessions with Alejandro
  • people making purchases from the Chaos Control Corps ‘ice-cream vans’
  • SynBioTec’s attempt to gain entry to the Ark
  • the murder of Olav Bakke
  • Rudolph’s questioning of Pilot and Kristjan after their attempt to hack the Ark’s DigiVault
  • Pilot and Maribel’s wedding
  • Etienne and Pilot’s first excursion out of the Ark
  • A night excursion out of the Ark
  • Felipe’s excommunication from the Ark
  • Felipe’s first day outside the Ark
  • A scene which might have taken place inside the Ark e.g.
    • Alejandro’s therapy sessions with Ark inhabitants
  • A scene that might have taken place outside the Ark during the Chaos
  • A scene from a character’s past e.g.
    • Aidan’s therapy sessions from his breakdown earlier in life
    • Aidan’s interview for the role of Project Manager at the Ark

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