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:

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Pre-web Digital Publishing and the Lore of Electronic Literature Astrid Ensslin 2022
The Effect of Migration on Michael Joyce’s "afternoon, a story" Dene Grigar 2020
Rebooting Electronic Literature Volume 3 Dene Grigar, Holly Slocum, Kathleen Zoller, Nicholas Schiller, Moneca Roath, Mariah Gwin 2020
First Half-Century of Electronic Literature at Brown Robert Coover, Robert Arellano 2019
Electronic Literature Scott Rettberg 2018
Of Presence and Electronic Literature Luciana Gattass 2018
Contextualizing the King of Space Dene Grigar 2018
Postmodern, Posthuman, Post-Digital Laura Shackelford 2018
Translating Electronic Literature: A Few Conclusion, Methodologies and Insights María Mencía, John Cayley, Arnaud Regnauld, Søren Bro Pold, Gabriel Tremblay-Gaudette 2018
Electronic Literature: A Matter of Bits 2016
Digitizing the Novel, 1987-2010 Bradley Joseph Reina 2016
The American Hypertext Novel, and Whatever Became of It? Scott Rettberg 2015
Autorschaft und digitale Literatur: Geschichte, Medienpraxis und Theoriebildung Heiko Zimmermann 2015
From Theorizing to Analyzing Digital Fiction Alice Bell, Astrid Ensslin, Hans Kristian Rustad 2014
Analyzing Digital Fiction 2014
Blogging Jill Walker Rettberg 2014
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Digital Literary Arts - Scandinavian E-Texts: Criticism, Theory, and Practice Melissa Lucas 2014
Media-Specific Metalepsis in 10:01 Alice Bell 2014
The formation of the field of electronic literature in Poland Piotr Marecki 2014
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