Afternoon, a story

Michael Joyce
Afternoon, a story
1987 – 1991

Michael Joyce’s Afternoon, a story is widely considered to be the first example of a born-digital hypertext story. In the twenty years since its publication, Afternoon’s complex rumination on memory and loss has become a touchstone for critiques of electronic literature, and has even been collected in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern Fiction. This gallery shows a Java port of the original, which continues to be published as software by Eastgate Systems.

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Hypertext built in Storyspace

Emulated in Java

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