from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A work of fiction written and presented as an electronic hypertext document, especially one that allows variations in plot development.
- noun The category of literature comprising such works.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Fictionwritten in a hypertextmedium, usually allowing the readerto make decisionsthat affect the storyline.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
For those of you who read this blog intermittently, Shadow Unit is a collaborative, interactive, semi-real-time hyperfiction environment following the adventures of a team of unrealistically sexy FBI agents (and their associates) as they attempt to track down individuals who have developed superhuman abilities -- and all-too-human evil -- as a result of a mysterious force known as the Anomaly.
For those of you who haven't yet heard about the whole Shadow Unit thing, it's an interactive online hyperfiction environment, of sorts.
I say it's a collaborative interactive reader-supported serial hyperfiction.
For those of you who are joining us in progress, and don't yet know what Shadow Unit is -- well, it's a collaborative hyperfiction narrative.
It's the latest chapter in a thing we have variously referred to as a virtual television show, an interactive semi-real-time hyperfiction evnvironment, and fanfic for a TV show that doesn't exist.
As somebody who is doing a donation-model hyperfiction collaboration on the internets, I support this endeavor.
One subgenre wasn't enough for her, apparently, because while on a long car trip with her spouse, Will Shetterly, she came up with idea for a web-based, serial, interactive, multimedia hyperfiction project -- basically an innovative storytelling structure exploiting the medium of web 2.0.
Shadow Unit, for those of you joining us in progress, is a web serial/hyperfiction written by Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Amanda Downum, Sarah Monette, and, er, me.
If you don't know yet what Shadow Unit is -- it's, well, an experimental hyperfiction, financed on the donation model.
For “Mars,” one of the inspirations was that I like to play with new ways of telling a story, something that probably at least in part comes from my work in hyperfiction, fiction in hypertext.