April 1, 2013, Whittier, California: Big news from John Scalzi on The Human Division front. Scalzi made the bold announcement that he was going to be splitting the final chapter of his serialized novel Earth Below, Sky Above: The Human Division, Episode 13 up into multiple sections. (We’ll feature an exclusive excerpt from the book at the end of the post.)
“The Human Division serialization has been wildly successful,” Scalzi said. “People seem to have enjoyed being able to be with these characters week after week. So, why not that extend that a little more? Splitting the final installment of franchise films has become a very popular thing to do. You’d the think it’d piss the fans off, but they love it. This whole thing has been an experiment for both me and Tor, as well as Audible. Now, I want to push the experiment further! And I started thinking why not do something else – split up the final installment of the Human Division?”
But the final episode of the popular serial won’t be split in two. “No, no. That’d be too easy,” Scalzi said. “We’re going to serialize the final chapter by paragraph.”
When asked about the pricing of the final episodes, Steve Feldberg of Audible told us, “It’ll be one cent for every paragraph. Whether it’s an enormous infodump, or Hart saying, ‘Oops!’ One cent either way.”
When asked what the serialization of the final serial chapter meant to narrator William Dufris, he laughed. “At first, I thought it was no big deal. I’d already recorded my end. Then I realized I’d have to record credits for every single paragraph, and I realized I was going to be pulling some late nights. Some of those credits are going to be longer than the paragraphs themselves!” said Dufris.
And now, here’s that exclusive excerpt!
Audible Frontiers Presents, “The Human Division, Episode 13: Earth Below, Sky Above,” Paragraph 323, by John Scalzi, Read by William Dufris.
“Oh, shit!” Wilson said.
This has been an Audible Frontiers presentation of The Human Division, Episode 13: Earth Below, Sky Above,’ Paragraph 323, by John Scalzi, Read by William Dufris.