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
The Genealogy of a Creative Community: Why is Afternoon the "Grandaddy" of Hypertext Fiction? Jill Walker Rettberg 2011
The Frontiers between Digital Literature and Net.art Joan Campàs 2004
The formation of the field of electronic literature in Poland Piotr Marecki 2014
The End of Books--Or Books Without End: Reading Interactive Narratives J. Yellowlees Douglas 2003
The End of Books Robert Coover 1992
The Emergence of Electronic Literature Exhibition Catalogue Scott Rettberg, Jill Walker Rettberg 2013
The Effect of Migration on Michael Joyce’s "afternoon, a story" Dene Grigar 2020
The Disturbing Liveliness of Machines: Rethinking the Body in Hypertext Theory and Fiction Christopher Keep 1999
The American Hypertext Novel, and Whatever Became of It? Scott Rettberg 2015
The Absence and Potential of Electronic Literature Sandy Baldwin 2013
Tekstspill i hypertekst. Koherensopplevelse og sjangergjenkjennelse i lesing av multimodale hyperfiksjoner Hans Kristian Rustad 2008
Techno-historical Limits of the Interface: The Performance of Interactive Narrative Experiences Andrew Hutchison 2009
Szellem a gépben. A hypertext Zoltán Szűts 2007
Stuck in a Loop? Dialogue in Hypertext Fiction Bronwen Thomas 2007
Storyspace 1 Mark Bernstein 2002
Rytm jako kategoria opisu e-literatury Emilia Branny-Jankowska 2011
Rhetorical Convergence: Earlier Media Influence on Web Media Form Anders Fagerjord 2003
Repetition and Recombination: Reading Network Fiction David Ciccoricco 2005
Remediating English Pedagogy: Nurturing Immersive, Complex and Creative Literary Experiences for Students in Contemporary Times Angela A. Thomas 2012
Rebooting Electronic Literature Volume 3 Dene Grigar, Holly Slocum, Kathleen Zoller, Nicholas Schiller, Moneca Roath, Mariah Gwin 2020
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