Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Episode 1: You Already Read Digital Fiction

The term "digital fiction" may not be familiar to you, but the works probably are. "3rd generation" electronic literature often goes viral on social media; we enjoy it and pass it on without really thinking about what else is out there. But there's a lot else out there! In this episode, we discuss DF you may have already seen, and some you might want to look up.

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See Lyle's profile and work on her website, and Jordan's research and writing musings here.

Many thanks to Bangor University's School of Creative Studies & Media for use of their recording equipment and support of this podcast.

Produced by Lyle Skains & Jordan Glendenning. Music from Kurt James Werner.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Introduction to the Wonderbox Podcast


We made the plunge into podcasting. It may be dangerous to just let us rabbit on about our favorite topic, but let's see where it goes, eh?

The Wonderbox Podcast (available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Podbean) is a twice-monthly discussion between me (Lyle Skains) and Jordan Glendenning. As you may know, I am a digital writer and researcher in the School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor University in Wales, UK; Jordan is a PhD candidate with me, studying transmedia writing.

We’re delving into the wondrous world of digital fiction — wait, what’s digital fiction? Well, the academic definition from Bell et al in their Screed for Digital fiction on the Electronic Book Review is: "fiction written for and read on a computer screen that pursues its verbal, discursive and/or conceptual complexity through the digital medium, and would lose something of its aesthetic and semiotic function if it were removed from that medium”. What that boils down to is that digital fiction is created for and read on digital devices, and needs the digital medium in order to function — not just print stories that have been digitized, like e-books.

The first few episodes of the podcast look at the digital fiction you’re already reading (even if you’re not really aware of it), interactive fiction and text adventure games, hypertexts, digital archiving, writing digital fiction, transmedia fiction, locative fiction, and the overlap of literature and games.

Future episodes will include interviews and guests, and since this is a new podcast, we’re happy to get feedback on its content and direction, so please tweet @wonderboxpub, email podcast at wonderboxpublishing.com, and visit us on Facebook. We hope our ongoing discussions help you dive in to our favorite fictional form. Stay tuned, and click on!

Introduction to the Wonderbox Podcast

We made the plunge into podcasting. It may be dangerous to just let us rabbit on about our favorite topic, but let's see where it goe...