Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace

Paperback | October 23, 1998

byJanet H. Murray

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Stories define how we think, play, and understand our lives. In this comprehensive and readable book -- already a classic statement of the aesthetics of digital media, acclaimed by practitioners and theorists alike -- Janet Murray shows how the computer is reshaping the stories we live by. Murray discusses the unique properties and pleasures of digital environments and connects them with the traditional satisfactions of narrative. She analyzes the dramatic satisfaction of participatory stories and considers what would be necessary to move interactive fiction from the formats of childish games and confusing labyrinths into a mature and compelling art form. Through a blend of imagination and techno-wizardry, Murray provides both readers and writers with a guide to the storytelling of the future.

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Using stories to connect the threads of her analysis, Janet Murray explores the similarities between traditional narrative satisfaction and the emerging amusements and properties of digital interactive fictionUsing stories to connect the threads of her analysis, Janet Murray explores the similarities between traditional narrative satis...

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Stories define how we think, play, and understand our lives. In this comprehensive and readable book -- already a classic statement of the aesthetics of digital media, acclaimed by practitioners and theorists alike -- Janet Murray shows how the computer is reshaping the stories we live by. Murray discusses the unique properties and ple...

Janet H. Murray is Ivan Allen College Dean's Recognition Professor of Digital Media and Director of the Experimental Television Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace (MIT Press, 1998). In 2010, Prospect Magazine designated her "one of the top ten br...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 23, 1998Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262631873

ISBN - 13:9780262631877

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Using stories to connect the threads of her analysis, Janet Murray explores the similarities between traditional narrative satisfaction and the emerging amusements and properties of digital interactive fictionUsing stories to connect the threads of her analysis, Janet Murray explores the similarities between traditional narrative satisfaction and the emerging amusements and properties of digital interactive fiction. Demonstrating both technical and imaginative prowess, Hamlet on the Holodeck discusses the attraction of participatory stories, the requirements of developing a mature virtual art form and a guide to future narrative forms.

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Hamlet on the Holodeck reaches beyond the scope of interactive narrative and encompasses the global possibilities of emerging technologies.