December 30, 2005
Chris Klimas, author of the interactive fictions Blue Chairs and Mercy, sends word of his TiddlyWiki-based site featuring nonlinear stories: Gimcrack’d. Chris is also accepting submissions of nonlinear stories for the site.
The Wikifiction proposal lists several other fiction-writing and fiction-oriented wikis. Where there are lightweight “personal” wikis such as TiddlyWiki and DidiWiki, the wiki has had widespread success as a tool for collaborative writing. So, I find some of the projects that play on this capability most interesting, at least as ideas, although I don’t know that there’s any novel or story-style wiki to match that already classic pre-wiki romp, The Unknown.
My favorite fictional wiki project has to be the large-scale collaboration Uncyclopedia, a parody of Wikipedia that is sloganized as “the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” Just take a look the Uncyclopedia article on Wikipedia and you’ll notice that it is much more enjoyable than the Wikipedia article on Uncyclopedia. It does lead me to wonder if all the best rollicking, collaborative online fictions are going to start with “Un.”