Why isn’t digital fiction everywhere? Part of the reason we don’t see it in stores is because it doesn’t have an established publishing stream. We look at some of the publishing efforts in the history of digital fiction in this episode.
We finally get to talk about our favorite topic: writing digital fiction! What are the most frequent questions we get as digital writers? How is it different from prose writing? How is it the same? Since we’re practice-based researchers in creative writing, these are just the sorts of questions we are looking to answer in our creative work.
Our deepest apologies for the unplanned hiatus! As working academics, end-of-the-year marking and administration tasks overwhelmed us for a while.
Digital media has the ability to both transcend and combine narrative forms: film, game, text, music, and more. As a result of the mutable quality of digital media and the networked capability of the internet, narratives now spill over multiple media, with different elements of the story spread across film, forums, TV, books, and more. We go down some transmedia narrative rabbit holes, discussing what transmedia storytelling is and how it’s being used.
Note: It appears the podcast feed wasn’t coming through to this site – sorry for the slew of updates, but didn’t want anyone to miss out on episodes!
Like all things digital, digital fiction is prone to obsolescence, and we’re already losing key works. We chat about the evanescence of the medium, archiving digital fiction, and what we do as writers to make our works accessible for as long as possible – and whether we should even bother.
Hypertexts are one of the oldest and enduring forms of digital literature, dating from the 1st gen in 1987, to the explosion in indie games thanks to Twine. We chat about how hypertexts form the foundation of digital fiction, what role they play in culture, and we share some of our favorites.
Interactive fiction (better known as text adventure games) is the forerunner of narrative-based video games. In this episode, we discuss the origins of IF, its commercial heyday, and what contemporary IF has become.
(Apologies for my voice – I’d been rather ill that week! -Lyle)
The term “digital fiction” may not be familiar to you, but the works probably are. “3rd generation” electronic literature often goes viral on social media; we enjoy it and pass it on without really thinking about what else is out there. But there’s a lot else out there! In this episode, we discuss DF you may have already seen, and some you might want to look up.