A variety of events can happen in the time span of 100,000 years. In Pierre Chevalier’s “short story”, 100,000 YEARS, that I found on the IFComp site, meeting an unknown species from outer space is one of the few events that happens and it is one of the most important events in this unique short story. Some other events that occur are: gaining the ability to use psychic powers and traveling to other planets in a spacecraft to find refuge. This may sound awesome and all until you find out the truth behind these events. I will not spoil much of the story itself, but I will spoil the features that made this story unique.
This story is programmed to randomly choose one of the events as a starting point, so the beginning of the story could be different each time you decide to read it again. The picture above is one of the starting points I was given. The two arrows above the statement give you the choice to go 100,000 years before the starting point or 100,000 years after. Either way you will end up with the same realization at the end and be caught in the loop, so be careful because this short story may become the longest short story you ever read.
The reason why is because this story loops over and over until the reader decides to stop it. However, since this story has no ending, it would be hard to stop if you did not know that fact. As a reader, you would be looking for some sort of ending or conclusion, so you would keep clicking and reading until you found the ending or came to the realization that there isn’t any sort of ending and that creates the moral for this “short story”. The moral being that history tends to repeat itself eventually. In this case, history repeats itself every 600,000 years because of certain things that keep happening within the story and it is also how this HTML story was programmed. It continues to repeat until the reader chooses not to go on anymore. The reader has the ability to leave the loop of traveling through time and stop time from moving in the story. This story depends on the reader’s ability to know when to continue and when you should quit. The way 100,000 YEARS challenges that ability helps this little story stand out more.
Now, I did not spoil much, so I encourage you to read it for yourself and find out why the history repeats itself in this story. It will not take up too much of your time, so feel free to read it when you get the chance. If you happen to develop an interest in this piece of Electronic Literature, Pierre also has other interesting pieces here that are worth trying and even worth blogging about.