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afternoon, a story

by Michael Joyce


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About the Story

afternoon was first offered to the public as a demonstration of the hypertext authoring system Storyspace, announced in 1987 at the first Association for Computing Machinery Hypertext conference in a paper by Michael Joyce and Jay David Bolter. In 1990, it was published on diskette and distributed in the same form by Eastgate Systems.

The hypertext fiction tells the story of Peter, a recently divorced man who witnessed a car crash. Hours later, he suspects that the wrecked car may have involved his ex-wife and their son.

The plot may change each time it is read if the reader chooses different paths.

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The New York Times
HYPERFICTION; And Now, Boot Up the Reviews
Perhaps in the end too much is left unsaid and the piece remains too much of a tease, but it is a graceful and provocative work and utterly essential to an understanding of this new art form.
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The Washington Post
Afternoon is an arresting, intricate, delicately contoured prose sculpture, and a noteworthy piece of recent American fiction, genre considerations aside.
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