Based on an exchange of e-mail between the two authors, this work of hypertext fiction explores the realities that reach across two lives. Published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. in 1995 on 3.5” disk for PC and Macintosh.
In his review of the work, Stuart Moulthrop describes it as a “node-and-link hypertext… where an evocative network of first-person vignettes (originally e-mail messages) supports a teeming ecology of pathways and connections.” His essay concludes:
- Forward Anywhere demonstrates a remarkable commitment to exploration and experiment, a futurity that moves through the past but is not doomed to repetition. This is a work that moves and moves with us, an "open" work in the best sense. In this respect it promises much both in itself and for the sort of writing it represents. However, the leap here is necessarily blind; the story is far from finished. As Judy Malloy says: "Closure was never a goal of this piece."
From the publisher’s description: “In 1993, Xerox PARC began a new program to bring scientists and artists together. But when writer and artist Judy Malloy, "surrounded by the aura of blood and frozen pea juice," arrived to meet Cathy Marshall, ‘a collaboration seemed unlikely.’ From that inauspicious meeting came an exchange of electronic mail replete with the ideas and stories that gave rise to this powerful and daring collaborative work. Forward Anywhere explores the outrageous and mundane realities that reach across two lives to make these narrators who they are. This funny, touching work is the first published collaboration by these major figures in hypertext writing and research.”
Image of the screen shot taken from Stuart Moulthrop’s review “Where To?” which first appeared in Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Image of the disk taken from the The Deena Larsen Collection at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, Item #132, http://mith.umd.edu/larsen/items/show/132
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