June 6, 2004

Storytronics

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 12:33 am

This is one I’ve been meaning to blog for a while. What happens when you take a writer, who is editor-in-chief for a gaming magazine, and put a Ted Nelson book in her hands? You get a combination of three perspectives that we’re accustomed to only seeing pairwise: Storytronics.

Katherine Phelps is the author, and while she was pretty early to the party with Storytronics (1998/99) you still don’t see many references to her work. It’s a pity, because things like her Story Shapes for Digital Media offer some of the same example-driven help out of the “Choose your own adventure” box that I also admire in Narrative as Virtual Reality. With Andrew Pam (who is also behind Xanadu Australia) she’s been running the literary website Glass Wings for a decade, as of this March. (You might remember reading about them in this Salon article).