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In this talk, Heidi Colthup looks at the history of hyperfiction and hypertext: Back in the 1990s there was talk of the end of the book now that we had computer screens. Some writers of experimental ...

In this talk, Heidi Colthup looks at the history of hyperfiction and hypertext: Back in the 1990s there was talk of the end of the book now that we had computer screens. Some writers of experimental fiction started producing CDRoms of hypertext stories, some kept on using traditional hard copy books with surprising results, and others went off and wrote video games. Now we have games which we can read and hard copy books we can play so where does that leave hypertext fiction?

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Digibury: Heidi Colthup - Hyperfiction: where did it go wrong? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Hyperfiction: Where did it all go wrong? How to tell stories without words Heidi Colthup @heidi_colthup www.little-and-loud.com
  • 2. Some definitions • Hypertext - Text which does not form a single sequence and which may be read in various orders; spec. text and graphics (usu. in machine-readable form) which are interconnected in such a way that a reader of the material (as displayed at a computer terminal, etc.) can discontinue reading one document at certain points in order to consult other related matter. (OED) • Hyperfiction - or Cyberfiction, or digital literature, or electronic literature, or digital fiction….
  • 3. From eliterature.org which is based at MIT and headed up by Nick Montfort
  • 4. The Evolution of Ergodic Literature
  • 5. ‘Castle Colditz’ Felix Software (1984)
  • 6. ‘Afternoon – a story’ Michael Joyce (1992)
  • 7. ‘Patchwork Girl’ Shelley Jackson (1995)
  • 8. ‘Oldton’ Tim Wright (2004)
  • 9. ‘Nightingale's Playground’ Andy Campbell (2011)
  • 10. The problems with Ergodic Literature, or where Hyperfiction went wrong
  • 11. The technology simply wasn’t good enough to match our expectations.
  • 12. ‘the early hypertextualists just weren’t good enough writers to carry off such a difficult form.’ Lafarge (2011) http:// www.salon.com/2011/10/04/return_of_hypertext/
  • 13. The reader’s experience is frustrating; when are you finished?
  • 14. Plot?
  • 15. Written by academics, for academics
  • 16. The way forward… perhaps
  • 17. Alice for the iPad
  • 18. ‘Zombies, run!’ Naomi Alderman 2012
  • 19. So what about games you can read? Imagine an image of a game controller (probably a PS4 controller because they’re cool right now) being used as a bookmark in a really worthy book - War and Peace, or Bleak House, or Pride and Prejudice. And now imagine that I asked the internet…. 24
  • 20. @socialtechn o 25
  • 21. @dannyuk http://dannyuk.com/ 26
  • 22. Pauly Pops 27
  • 23. Dr Kate Devlin @drkatedevlin 28
  • 24. @drkatedevlin (again…) 29
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