Among Us

Among Us was a real-time, mass participatory Twitter Fiction story that I wrote/curated as part of the Twitter Fiction festival, 2014.

It went live from 5pm GMT Saturday 15th March to 5pm GMT Sunday 16th March, 2014.

Over 24 hours, I tweeted summaries of news stories under the account @au_twitfic, giving details of a revelation that aliens were living among us on Earth.  The news stories covered topics such as responses from governments, the UN, religious and political groups, as well as statements from the aliens themselves.  This all led up to a further revelation from the aliens, explaining why they had kept themselves hidden and what their intentions were, released 24 hours after the start of the story.

Participants created their characters’ stories by responding to these news tweets and tweeting their own actions and speculations on the day this news came to light.


You can read the story here, or search the hashtag #au_tf to read it directly on Twitter. I’ve left the information on how to how to take part up here, even though the project’s been and gone now, in case it’s of interest to anyone investigating the process.

You can also follow the Twitter and Facebook, and read/tweet non-fiction commentary about the project under the hashtag #au_twitfic.

5 comments on “Among Us
  1. Strangely excited about this! If you still uave some protagonist slots available I might have a few ideas…

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    • Emma Pooka says:

      Hi Chris – there’s no limit on numbers of protagonists! 🙂
      If you e-mail me with your basic idea(s) for protagonist(s), (, I’ll give you some inside information to help you work them into the alien plot…


  2. Hi Emma, I sent you those details a few days ago, just checking you’ve got them ok.


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Emma Pooka

I am currently working towards a Ph.D. in the narrative time and poetics of blog fiction, which mostly means writing stories on the internet. I also teach HE courses in prose writing and writing for children.

I enjoy non-hierarchical organising, collective direct action and knitting, all of which are easier to get the hang of than most people think.

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