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Doc’s “Lost Ate My Life” Available for Pre-Order

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Some time back I teased my upcoming book “Lost Ate My Life“, co-written by Amy J. Johnston (Hijinx from The Fuselage).  Today, ECW press, who also publishes the awesome Finding LOST series by Nikki Stafford, unveiled “Lost Ate My Life: The Inside Story of a Fandom Like No Other” to the public, making it available for pre-order on Amazon as well. 

The book is very different from anything you’ve read on this site, mostly because in addition to my own essays you have the scintillating work of Amy.  I’ve been proud to work with Amy on the book and she has been a life-line on more than one occasion.  Between the two of us we’ve developed something that we hope combines a clinical eye with a fan’s heart-beat.

In addition to our own musings on the show, the book contains bits from past and new interviews with Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof,  Bryan Burk, Gregg Nations, Javier Grillo Marxuach, as well as the full on the ground report from the set.  In addition the book will contain a foreward written by Javi.  And did I mention there are actually even MORE sources in the book?  Gotta leave at least a few surprises.

Here is the copy from ECW Press:

Lost Ate my Life!” is not the authors’
self-referential statement. Instead, it is the collective cry of the
hardened fan base for ABC’s pop-culture phenomenon. The book has two
central ideas: first, that the creators of Lost created a
shift in the thinking of online communities, effectively removing the
barrier between the artists and the patrons by hosting one of the
largest officially sponsored independent discussion forums in history. Lost
bloggers became important celebrities amongst the fan bases, some fans
found themselves drawn into the inner circle, and the network began
making decisions based on ebb and flow of fan sentiment.

Interwoven with the story of the fandom is the examination of Lost‘s
story itself: its archetypal themes, and its evolution from bordering
on the high-concept ‘cash in’ it was intended to be, to the high art
mixture of philosophy, drama, redemption, science, and faith. What is
it in the formula of Lost that speaks to our collective
unconscious so well that millions of fans are easily able to endure
such mammoth leaps of suspension-of-disbelief?

The book’s story
is told by two members of the fan community who witnessed the spread
and impact of the fandom from the inside, eventually becoming insiders
– to different degrees – themselves; one, Amy, deep within the inner
sanctum of Lost labs, the other, Jon, ascending from the world of blogging to the world of professional media.

  • gusteaux

    Very cool, Doc! Can’t wait to read it. Any idea when the release date will be?

  • Yay! Awesome news! Is it available for preorder in Canada (i.e. Amazon Canada) as well?

  • Awesome! I will order today. Are there any astrix puzzles in this one? I hope so! Great idea for a book!

  • DocArzt

    I believe the shipping date is in early November. I’m going to assume whatever date ECW has commited to will stand.

  • aliasrox

    It’s too soon. I would be interested in a book like this in say 5-7 years. Too soon.

  • Way to go, Doc! I’ll look forward to picking that up. 🙂

  • MerlboroMan

    Dammit Doc, I’ve got enough stuff on my Amazon wishlist! 😉

  • Ted2damax

    have you ever read FINDING LOST by Nikki Stafford?? I have read it at least 10 times through.

  • DocArzt

    Nikki is AWESOME, and she was our editor for this book.

    aliasrox: The book is not strictly about the fandom in a historical sense. I’d say it is more of a sociological look at the show, and there is tons of other goodies like an expose of a day on the set, mythic structure and how it relates to Lost, and indepth look at what Lost was almost produced as (it originally had an entirely different creative team… yeah, we reveal all). It is definitely NOT a history book. Very in-media-res.

  • Pre-ordered.

    It says it’s not going to arrive in the UK until November????

    Heck, that’s okay!

    By then I’ll probably be desperate for a Lost fix.

    Good luck with the book, Doc!

  • KeepingAwake

    Nikki Stafford, author of the “Finding Lost” series, is the editor for “Lost Ate My Life”. She offered a glimpse of what’s in store for us at her blog, Look for the post called New Lost Book. 😉

  • Jordan Abbey-Young

    Looking forward to getting it Doc!

  • Can’t wait to read it!!

    No lost until 2009. Arg!

  • judyblue

    My husband is not a Lostie and doesn’t believe me, but I forsee a time colleges will offer courses on Lost. I’m waiting anxiously for 2009.