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
Pushing Back: Living and Writing in Broken Space Stuart Moulthrop 1997
Print Is Flat, Code Is Deep: Rethinking Signification in New Media N. Katherine Hayles 2004
Pre-web Digital Publishing and the Lore of Electronic Literature Astrid Ensslin 2022
Postmodern, Posthuman, Post-Digital Laura Shackelford 2018
Piecing Together and Tearing Apart: Finding the Story in afternoon Jill Walker Rettberg 1999
Philosophical Labyrinths in Cybertexts Miriam Havemann 2009
Patterns of Hypertext Mark Bernstein 1998
Of Presence and Electronic Literature Luciana Gattass 2018
New Plots for Hypertext?: Towards a Poetics of the Hypertext Node Mariusz Pisarski 2011
New narrative pleasures? A cognitive-phenomenological study of the experience of reading digital narrative fictions Anne Mangen 2006
Narration, Intrigue, and Reader Positioning in Electronic Narratives Daniel Punday 2012
Michael Joyce. Polski pisarz: Michael Joyce, Czesław Miłosz i hipertekst. Postgutenbergowskie nadzieje księgi różności. 2012
Memory at work in Michael Joyce's afternoon, a story, Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl, and Mark Amerika's Grammatron Arnaud Regnauld 2011
Media-Specific Metalepsis in 10:01 Alice Bell 2014
Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination Matthew G. Kirschenbaum 2012
Magister Macintosh Richard Gess 1993
Le récit littéraire interactif. Narrativité et interactivité Serge Bouchardon 2005
Language as Gameplay: toward a vocabulary for describing works of electronic literature Brian Kim Stefans 2012
Interview with Michael Joyce Gabriela Redwine, Michael Joyce 2009
Interview with Dene Grigar Dene Grigar 2013
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