With each foray onto the Internet, each ping and clang, we are searching for meaning in a haystack of data, balancing perspectives, trying to find reason in a cacophony of opinion. Is it any wonder we are drawn to fiction that reflects this new way of being, to a form that’s uniquely suited to our fragmented and globalized century?
I’ve just finished reading the wonderful Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell. Its narrative polyphony is presented symmetrically (abcde f edcba) whilst the film (also very good) had the ability to interleave the separate stories, and thus presents several of the story climaxes at the same time, increasing the drama.
It strikes me that StorySpace is well suited to a parataxis style of writing, forcing the reader to work harder, determine their own meaning, in perhaps what appears widely different presented narrative fragments.
Are there plans to present a ‘Reader’ which hides the mechanics of what is going on under the hood? ie that looks like an eReader?