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Michael Joyce: The Never-Ending Story

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The Never-Ending Story

Back in the early '80s, English professor Michael Joyce looked at his little Apple II and said, "I'll bet you could do a story that would change every time you read it." He called around, looking for such software, but it didn't exist. Yet. He and collaborator Jay David Bolter created Storyspace, the first program for writing and reading hypertext, and Joyce wrote afternoon, the first full-length hypertext fiction, 539 screens of text with 900 or so links between them. Since then, afternoon has had scores of public readings, no two exactly alike, and Joyce has been dubbed "the great granddaddy of hypertext fiction."

WHAV Winter 1992
Photo credit: Dixie Sheridan