Dieses Wochenende findet in San Diego die alljährliche ComicCon statt. Dort treffen sich nicht nur Fans und Stars, sondern es werden vor allem neue Projekte vorgestellt. Eines dieser neuen Projekte stammt von Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5, Agentin mit Herz), der sich selber als Science Fiction Fan bezeichnet und Lantern City vorstellt. Eine Steampunk-TV-Serie, bei der die Fans und Zuschauer aktiv Einfluss auf die Handlung nehmen können.
A project of my own that I’m working on is a series that I’m coming out with to try to bring to the web something like Babylon 5 was. It’s a Steampunk alternate universe series because it’s about time it was brought out in to the mainstream. It’s called Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City. We just need a place to go with. Especially Steampunk, Hollywood really doesn’t know what it is yet.
Der Hintergrund der Serie klingt schon sehr viel versprechend und man kann nur hoffen, dass er Produzenten findet, die Steampunk kennen lernen möchten.
Lantern City is the southern-most city in Hetra, a world parallel to Earth, and is bordered on the south by the Silver Sea and has the largest river in Hetra, the Faudnice River, running through its heart. The city was always known for its commerce, agriculture, innovation, and trade; because of its isolated geography it never developed a real military power. Lantern City was difficult to travel to by land and it had the ability to control who came in and out of its ports.
Eventually, a band of warlords from the outlands of Hetra conquered the surrounding areas leaving Lantern City as their final target. The onslaught of refugees from the other cities gave the citizens of Lantern City ample warning to protect themselves, However almost no one in Lantern City had minds for military strategy or any real combat experience. This was the perfect opportunity for soldier and entrepreneur Isaac Foster Grey to rise to power and “save” the city from the invaders. To secure the city after the battles for Lantern City’s existence, Grey had a wall built around the city and enacted isolationist policies.
Over one hundred years later, the citizens of Lantern City know little about the rest of Hetra.
Since so few citizens know anything about the history of Lantern City or anything about Hetra, a myth has replaced the actual history. Many of the working class citizens and the members of the Underground believe that a peasant named Nolvan inspired thousands to travel as far south as they could and establish a new and free place called Lantern City. It wasn’t until the Grey Empire tricked the populous and took over that the citizens weren’t free.
Many of the working class are waiting for the next Nolvan to arrive and save them from their fates.