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 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.
There appears to be to be far more written about ePoetry, and electronic literature in general, than there are examples of the form and it was refreshing to find a thesis that not only provides a cogent exploration of what defines ePoetry but does so primarily by an examination of specific examples.
Jeneen Naji’s Poetic Machines: an investigation into the impact of the characteristics of the digital apparatus on poetic expression. (Sep 2012) is essential reading and her fluid, clear style makes this a very pleasant experience.
I particularly like her inclusion of a useful timeline with significant dates in the history of electronic literature, and expect to find myself referring to her work frequently in future explorations.