afternoon, a story

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Afternoon was first shown to the public as a demonstration of the hypertext authoring system Storyspace, announced in 1987 at the first Association for Computing Machinery Hypertext conference in a paper by Michael Joyce and Jay David Bolter.[1] In 1990, it was published on diskette and distributed in the same form by Eastgate Systems.

The hypertext fiction tells the story of Peter, a recently divorced man who one morning witnessed a deadly car crash where he believes his ex-wife and son were involved. He cannot stop blaming himself as he walked away from the accident without helping the injured people. A recurring sentence throughout the story "I want to say I may have seen my son die this morning" where [I want to say] is one of many lexias built into a loop which causes the reader to revisit the same lexia throughout the story. The hypertext centers around the car accident, but also reveals the multifarious ways of the characters' mutual promiscuity.

Critical writing that references this work:

Title Author Yearsort descending
Archiving Digital Narrative: Some Issues Tom Abba
Wandering Through the Labyrinth: Encountering Interactive Fiction J. Yellowlees Douglas 1989
Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing Jay David Bolter 1991
Hypertext: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology George P. Landow 1992
Gaps, Maps and Perception: What Hypertext Readers (Don't) Do J. Yellowlees Douglas 1992
The End of Books Robert Coover 1992
Magister Macintosh Richard Gess 1993
Where the Senses Become a Stage and Reading is Direction: Performing the Texts of Virtual Reality and Interactive Fiction J. Yellowlees Douglas 1993
“How Do I Stop This Thing?” Closure And Indeterminacy In Interactive Narratives J. Yellowlees Douglas 1994
Conclusions Terry Harpold 1994
Writing for the New Millennium: The Birth of Electronic Literature Robert Kendall 1995
Traveling in the Breakdown Lane: A Principle of Resistance for Hypertext Stuart Moulthrop 1995
A Ciberliteratura: Criação Literária e Computador Pedro Barbosa 1996
Women Writers and the Restive Text: Feminism, Experimental Writing and Hypertext Barbara Page 1996
Hyperizons: A study of interactive reading and readership in hyperfiction theory and practice, with an outlook to hyperfictions' future inspired by the reading of Sophie's World and The Pandora Directive Lisbeth Klastrup 1997
Pushing Back: Living and Writing in Broken Space Stuart Moulthrop 1997
From Text to Hypertext: Decentering the Subject in Fiction, Film, the Visual Arts, and Electronic Media Silvio Gaggi 1997
Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature Espen Aarseth 1997
Patterns of Hypertext Mark Bernstein 1998
Hypertext Fiction in the Twilight Zone Raine Koskimaa 1998
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