The Machine Stops…

The writer and broadcaster EM Forster (1879-1970) had this short story published in 1909.

He is not thought of as a sci-fi author, but these two sentences illustrate the prescience of the piece.

There was the button that produced literature. and there were of course the buttons by which she communicated with her friends. The room, though it contained nothing, was in touch with all that she cared for in the world.”

It is certainly an interesting read…

I ♥ E-Poetry…

I ♥ E-Poetry is largely an educational project, developing into a reference of electronic literature that aims for encyclopedic scope of its coverage.

It is designed for newcomers to these genres, scholars who need a quick reference, and educators interested in teaching e-lit in their courses. “

 

The project has a blog, from which came the above quote, and also a facebook page.

 

It is a fabulous, expanding, resource.

Born magazine 1996-2011

One place where there is an excellent collection of eMedia to explore is in the archive of the online magazine Born which:

From 1996 until its retirement in 2011, Born connected over 900 contributors, generating an extraordinary record of collaboration between literary arts and multimedia.

There are many different types of eLit to investigate here, including pieces analysed in Poetic Machines such as the interactive ePoem ‘Fallow’, and the best thing is to visit and see what’s there… http://archive.bornmagazine.org/