Bookburners

Magic is real, and hungry—trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. Freshly awake to just what dangers are lurking, she joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad: Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum. Together they stand between humanity and magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.

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Serial News

New Episode Bookburners S3E13: The Finale “Live in London”

The Bookburners thought they had seen some strange things in their time, but as they watch London become a hellscape, its own buildings rising up and rampaging through the streets, they realize it’s only going to get stranger from here on out.

From The Writers' Room

Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners S3E4: “All in a Day’s Work”

I enjoyed writing this episode for its sense of foreshadowing, the way it lays down a few basic principles that we planned to use for the rest of the season.

From The Writers' Room

Advice from Max Gladstone on Writing Episodically

Serial fiction is a wonderful weird beast, and hasn’t been the dominant medium of fiction for a while—but whether we realize it or not, we have a ton of experience with serial storytelling to be drawn upon when we come to write serials.

From The Writers' Room

Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners S3E11: “Crossing Over”

But while the members of Team Three dash around the world (and beyond it) as a matter of course, the most traveling I generally do for the series is an annual flight east for our story summits. I thought it was cool that Andrea had done to research to reference a real artifact, but I figured a picture on the Internet would be the extent of my involvement with the Punic Egg. I didn’t think I’d actually, you know, lay eyes on the damn thing. Until this summer, when where should I find myself but… London

From The Writers' Room

Andrea Phillips on writing Bookburners S3E10: “Into the Woods”

The original concept for this episode as proposed (...by me) during the summit was “Spooky Forest.”

Serial News

New Episode Bookburners S3E10 “Into the Woods”

This is the 10th episode in the third season of Bookburners, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Andrea Phillips.

From The Writers' Room

Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners S3E9: “Homecoming”

At this stage in writing Bookbuners, each of us on the writing team has a particular kind of episode that we’re considered to be good at.

Serial News

New Episode Bookburners S3E9 “Homecoming”

This is the 9th episode in the third season of Bookburners, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Brian Francis Slattery.

Just For Fun

What roles can SciFi and Fantasy play in a world becoming more fantastical all the time?

In a world that’s becoming more fantastical, and science fictional, by day, it’s sometimes tempting to ask, what’s the point of science fiction or fantasy?

From The Writers' Room

Jane by Margaret Dunlap

"--Jane?" I had heard Rob's question. It's just that while I was in the middle of performing CPR in the back of an ambulance on a patient who had been very stable until he had all of a sudden up and crashed, I wasn't going to stop and answer it. It was a stupid question anyway. Not that that stopped Rob from repeating it.

From The Writers' Room

Max Gladstone on How to Create Characters Who Feel Real.

When you’re inundated with writing advice, especially in plot-driven genres, it’s easy to pare down your characters to their role in the plot. The mentor becomes sort of mentor-y, the sidekick sidekick-ish.

From The Writers' Room

Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners S3E7: “Cracks in the World”

In index card form, the episode 7 logline was: “The Halls of Amazon Run Red with Blood.” And well, who wouldn’t want to write that?

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