Author: Bethany Alley

Treasures Beneath the Earth

Christine Wilks, writer of Inkubus, Fitting the Pattern, and Rememori, is a leading voice in the world of electronic fiction. Wilks works mostly in Flash and many of her works centralize around a cyberfeminism theme. Her work, Underbelly, fits this theme and can be described as a playable story that blends poetry and gaming for a very intense experience. This…

Reflections of Human Handwriting

Michael Madsen’s “Letters Demand Things” is a work of digital poetry that includes two related visual poems. The poems are examples of concrete poetry and also incorporate audio and animation. The first poem, “Vowel Submission,” reacts to the user’s mouse and the second poem, “Typespeak,” requires the user to type on the keyboard, creating a unique experience with each interaction. While both…

Alchemy and the Archon: Who Bombed the United States?

“Solarium” is a choice-based work of interactive fiction written by Alan DeNiro that won sixth place at the 19th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. The interesting navigation developed within Twine coupled with the intense themes and topics of the work made it an intriguing read that ultimately left me satisfied. The story is set in Maine in the year 1954 during…

Play, Oh Play

Jason Nelson’s “Uncontrollable Semantics” is a work of digital poetry in which 50 different environments incorporate minimal words, music/sound, and mouse-driven interface. It is a work of hypertext poetry in which the user chooses one of four words on the screen to move from page to page. At each page, the user will experience new words, new images, and new…

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