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:

Titlesort ascending Author Year
“How Do I Stop This Thing?” Closure And Indeterminacy In Interactive Narratives J. Yellowlees Douglas 1994
Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing Jay David Bolter 2011
Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing Jay David Bolter 1991
Writing for the New Millennium: The Birth of Electronic Literature Robert Kendall 1995
Wreader's Digest - How To Appreciate Hyperfiction Anja Rau 2001
Women Writers and the Restive Text: Feminism, Experimental Writing and Hypertext Barbara Page 1996
Where the Senses Become a Stage and Reading is Direction: Performing the Texts of Virtual Reality and Interactive Fiction J. Yellowlees Douglas 1993
Wandering Through the Labyrinth: Encountering Interactive Fiction J. Yellowlees Douglas 1989
Travels in Cybertextuality. The Challenge of Ergodic Literature and Ludology to Literary Theory Markku Eskelinen 2009
Traveling in the Breakdown Lane: A Principle of Resistance for Hypertext Stuart Moulthrop 1995
Translating Electronic Literature: A Few Conclusion, Methodologies and Insights María Mencía, John Cayley, Arnaud Regnauld, Søren Bro Pold, Gabriel Tremblay-Gaudette 2018
Translating afternoon, a story by Michael Joyce, or How to Inhabit a Spectral Body Arnaud Regnauld, Anne-Laure Tissut, Stéphane Vanderhaeghe 2013
Transdução: Processos de Transferência na Literatura e Arte Digitais Álvaro Seiça 2011
Towards the Recognition of the Shell as an Integral Part of the Digital Text Anja Rau 1999
Three-Dimensional Dementia: Hypertext Fiction and the Aesthetics of Forgetting Carolyn Guertin 1999
Theorizing Digital Narrative: Beginnings, Endings, and Authorship Jennifer Roudabush 2012
The Possible Worlds of Hypertext Fiction Alice Bell 2010
The Materiality of the Intangible: Literary Metaphor in Multimodal Texts Lyle Skains 2013
The Machine in the Text, and the Text in the Machine Manuel Portela 2010
The Interactive Onion: Layers of User Participation in Digital Narrative Texts Marie-Laure Ryan 2011
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