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The Silent History

By Ying Horowitz & Quinn LLC

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Description

Honored by Apple as one of the Best Apps of 2012. Webby Awards winner. SXSW Interactive Awards finalist.

** The download includes access to Volume One, a 20-part serialization covering the first decade of the phenomenon. **

The Silent History is a groundbreaking innovation in digital fiction, the story of a generation of unusual children, told through serialization, collaboration, and exploration.

“Entirely revolutionary.” —Wired

“A landmark project that illuminates a possible future for e-book novels.” —LA Times

In the early years of the 21st century, doctors begin to notice more and more children being born with a strange condition: silence. No speech, no comprehension, and soon a complete lack of engagement with most human interaction. The kids are seen as not much more than empty vessels, and many are sent to orphanages and group homes — until a teacher at one of these facilities realizes that the children have developed enigmatic, powerful skills of their own.

Testimonials are presented in the form of oral histories told by characters directly affected by the condition — parents, teachers, doctors, cult leaders, faith healers, and government officials, with unexpected intersections and unifying narratives. The 120 Testimonials provide the central backbone of the story.

The Field Reports are short, site-specific accounts that deepen and expand the central narrative, written and edited in collaboration with the readers of the Testimonials. To access and comprehend a Field Report, the reader must be physically present in the location where the Report is set. Reports are deeply entwined with the particularities of their specific physical environments — the stains on the sidewalk, the view between the branches, a strangely ornate bannister, etc — so that the text and the actual setting support and enhance each other. Each of these reports can be read on its own, but they all interrelate and cohere within the larger narrative.

The project is the result of a unique collaboration between the former managing editor of McSweeney’s (Eli Horowitz), award-winning authors (Kevin Moffett and Matthew Derby), Wired magazine’s “Most Wired Storyteller” (Russell Quinn), and contributors on five continents.

"Exquisitely designed… The overall effect is one of total immersion."
—Boston Globe

"A book-app chimera with the weight and flow of a good novel and the open-ended world-making potential of a collaborative game. … A revelation."
—Contents

"One of the most talked-about new experiments."
—NY Times

"Absolutely stunning… Brilliant. I am firmly hooked."
—AppAdvice

"The Silent History is both an experiment and a dramatic statement: what is possible when fiction and technology merge in a meaningful and innovative way?"
—KQED

"Incredibly interesting."
—TUAW

"No interactive or electronic book in existence has ever come close to the creativity or the uniqueness or the altogether newness of The Silent History."
—TeleRead

"Will change your reading experience forever."
—BuzzFeed

What's New in Version 1.5

+ Fixed problem introduced in version 1.4, where app would sometimes crash if launched without an internet connection
+ Important Volume 6 adjustments!

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful

Incredibly innovative but not to the detriment of the story, which is gripping and intriguing. It has a very well-balanced and thought-out level of interaction too, with the Field Reports premise, which, should you prefer not to take part, doesn't detract from the experience, or the story, at all.

Would absolutely recommend it!

Book

It's a fantastic book I just wish I could read geo-specific field reports without being next door. Limits enjoyment for international readers.

Prblms syncing bw devices..

Other than obvious prblm with sync (MUST read stories in order) Love the app! Excellent idea! Great read! (Only 1 typo found in collection 1) *smile*

The Silent History
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £1.49
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 46.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.

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  1. The Silent History, volume 1£1.49
  2. The Silent History, volumes 2-6£5.99
  3. The Silent History, volumes 1-6£6.99
  4. The Silent History, volume 2£2.29
  5. The Silent History, volume 3£2.29