Nick Montfort reviews Espen J. Aarseth's Cybertext, which stakes out a post-hypertextual terrain for literary criticism and practice. Interactive excerpts from some of the cybertexts that Aarseth discusses are included.
Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin introduce Cyberdrama, the first section of First Person.
Henry Jenkins uses narrative space to distinguish between different tale-ends.
Janet Murray unriddles the verbal and procedural mix of Interactive Fiction.
Which alias best fits interactive fiction?
The nominees are:
"Story," "Game," "Storygame," "Novel," "World,"
"Literature," "Puzzle," "Problem," "Riddle," and "Machine."
Read, and decide.