SPAG #60; Lyttle Lytton 2011; nY #9

Three pieces of unrelated news concerning me and (in one case very tangentially) interactive fiction:
  1. The new SPAG is out, now with a beautiful cover, many interviews, an interesting design document for Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, an overview of the PAX 2011 Demo Fair, and my analysis of Gigantomania. It is not too early to start writing a piece of criticism, an essay on design, or some other interesting article for the next issue! What about recapping and reflecting on an interesting discussion that has been held on the blogs or the forum? There are many possibilities. SPAG needs you!
  2. I sent in a sentence to Adam Cadre's 2011 Lyttle Lytton competition, where you have to write the worst possible short opening sentence for a novel. I'm pleased to say that Adam awarded me a shared second place for:
    This is the story of how one woman overcame breast cancer by never ever losing faith in herself.
    Coincidentally, just after I had sent in this sentence, big posters appeared in the Netherlands showing a baby and the text "Vrouwen creƫren meer dan borstkanker ooit kan vernietigen", which translates to "Women create more than breast cancer can ever destroy". Which is terrible in so many ways that I don't even know where to begin.
  3. I published an article on interactive fiction as experimental literature in the Flemish (and Dutch-language) literary magazine nY, issue 9. I focus on two aspects: the many roles in a piece of IF, and how these can be used to explore, for instance, the theme of authority (think Fail-Safe and LASH); and choice, and how this can be used to explore moral issues, to represent reality in its potentiality as well as its actuality, and to represent consciousness without assuming that thinking occurs one thought at a time. I believe the piece will appear on the website at a certain point, but I'm not 100% sure; if it does, I will of course post an update.


  1. Those posters sound ripe for sending to the Sociological Images blog.

  2. Hello there,

    I'm Richard Ashley. I run the site We have a segment called: Plundering the Vault.

    Once a week we focus on articles from other Role Playing sites. Each week is a different site. We re-post the article with plenty of click backs to the site were the archive came from. This way the various authors out that get a reminder out there that their sites are other sources of information. .

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