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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786468181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786468188
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CB Harvey is a fiction writer, narrative designer and academic specialising in transmedia storytelling. He is the author of Dead Kelly, an Afterblight novella due for publication in 2014 from Abaddon Books. His short fiction won the first Pulp Idol award, jointly conferred by SFX Magazine and Gollancz Publishing. Since then he's written for the Doctor Who and Highlander ranges produced by Big Finish under license from the BBC and MGM/Davis-Panzer respectively. He's also authored numerous videogame narrative design documents for Sony. His forthcoming work includes stories for the American pulp publishers Moonstone and Airship 27, narrative design work for the British games publisher Mongoose and a Commando comic for the publisher DC Thomson.

CB Harvey's academic publications include an Italian book about Grand Theft Auto and articles about transmedia storytelling, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman. His journalism includes articles for The Guardian, Edge, RetroGamer, ScriptWriter, Strange Horizons and the on-line version of Starburst. He's also a Senior Lecturer in Transmedia Industries at King's College, London.

He has a PhD in videogame storytelling. No, really.

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"The critically-acclaimed BBC television series 'Sherlock' (2010-) re-envisions Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective for the digital age, joining participants in the active traditions of Sherlockians/Holmesians and fans from other communities, including science fiction, media, and anime. This collection explores the cultural intersections and fan traditions that converge in 'Sherlock' and its fandoms. Essays focus on the industrial and cultural contexts of 'Sherlock's' critical and popular reception. The volume's multiple perspectives examine Sherlock Holmes as an international transmedia figure with continued cultural impact, offering insight into not only the BBC series itself, but also into its literary source, and with it, the international resonance of the Victorian detective and his sidekick.
Louisa Ellen Stein is an assistant professor of film and media culture at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has written previously on contemporary media culture, including film, television, the Internet and video games.
Kristina Busse teaches at the University of South Alabama and has published a variety of essays on fan fiction and fan culture."

Similar to Lynnette Porter's excellent book 'Benedict Cumberbatch: In Transition', 'Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom' is not a quick read aimed at Sherlock fan girls and boys. This collection of essays is a serious piece of work, written in the style of scientific papers or (albeit individually brief) thesis. Content and vocabulary are mentally demanding, so don't expect this to be lunchtime or a-couple-of-pages-before-bedtime reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ye Olde Ed on 22 Jan 2013
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"`Sherlock' and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series" edited by Louisa Ellen Stein and Kristina Busse isn't exactly a snip at $40.00, but there's lots of interest here. The contributors, mostly but not all female, compare the characters and milieu of "Sherlock" with those created by Conan Doyle, and examine the relationship between what you might call the Holmesian or Sherlockian establishment and the suddenly very significant devotees who happily call themselves fans - a term that doesn't spring naturally to the lips of many older admirers of the great detective. (It's firmly established among science fiction enthusiasts, though, and there's a long history of shared interest there.) Other essays cover Sherlock's place in the tradition of television adaptations, international interpretation of the series, and a good deal more.
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