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.

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  • noun Fiction written in a hypertext medium, usually allowing the reader to make decisions that affect the storyline.


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hypertext fiction


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  • 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.

    still more puppy fix arcaedia 2010

  • For those of you who haven't yet heard about the whole Shadow Unit thing, it's an interactive online hyperfiction environment, of sorts.

    never make a promise or plan. take a little love where you can. coffeeem 2009

  • I say it's a collaborative interactive reader-supported serial hyperfiction.

    and his sister's weird. she drives a lorry. ccfinlay 2009

  • 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.

    they've got cars big as bars, they've got rivers of gold netcurmudgeon 2009

  • 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.

    fare you well, fare you well jmeadows 2010

  • As somebody who is doing a donation-model hyperfiction collaboration on the internets, I support this endeavor.

    he's everything inside of you that you wish you could be. lnhammer 2009

  • 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.

    INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Bear 2009

  • 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.

    the chowder tried to kill me... matociquala 2008

  • If you don't know yet what Shadow Unit is -- it's, well, an experimental hyperfiction, financed on the donation model.

    Several hundred thousand words later-- matociquala 2008

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-04-01 Paul 2009


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