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What I'm onto here is writing and researching and thinking about hypertext fiction. For those of you familiar with it already, enough said--you may want to go back to the Contents. For those of you unfamiliar with it, hypertext fiction (aka hyperfiction, interactive fiction, nonlinear fiction) is a new art form that while not necessarily made possible by the computer was certainly made feasible by it. Its creators make use of hypertext--of which the Web is only one widespread albeit limited incarnation--to create fiction with many features uncharacteristic of print fiction: multiple paths through the same text; multiple endings (and beginnings); questions posed to the reader which, once answered, influence what the reader will read; audiovisual attachments; navigable maps; and so on and so on. Readers seeking more extensive definitions of hypertext fiction are invited to browse through the Theory and Criticism section or, better yet, simply start reading a few works--artists always outstrip their would-be definers.
I launched Hyperizons on the Web in March, 1995 and since then
I've received a lot of feedback, mainly positive. Some of this is summarized
in "Clippings, Notices, Etc." I also discuss
the site's development and history in more detail in a recent article about
some of the highlights of hypertext fiction on the Web in 1996, "Tracing
the Growth of a New Literature", CMC
Magazine, December, 1996.
I hope you enjoy and use what's here and feel free to send suggested links and improvements.
May 5, 1997:The most recent additions are a couple of collaborative fictions seeking submissions; an academic satire by Doug Robinson, and an essay by Jeffrey Johnson and Maurizio Oliva that discusses a half-dozen or so Web hypertext fictions.
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