"Hegirascope" is, as its author emphasizes, "not a novel, nor will it necessarily meet your expectations about interactive fictions." The piece explores "forms of narrative writing -- and stories -- that emerge from Web hypertext and seem well suited to that environment." "For the moment anyway," writes Moulthrop, "that is my hegira."
The work was designed to employ the Netscape "META" tag to "enable 'client pull,' which means that the word does not keep still. Almost every page in this text is programmed to yield automatically to another page after a delay of some seconds (with exceptions, of course). You may override this timed transition by using one of the links on the page: after the opening sequence, almost every page has links. Of course, the page you arrive on via a link will also have a timed transition, and so forth, meaning that this text can in some cases become an infinite loop. To escape from Hegirascope, just open some URL outside it." --Stuart Moulthrop
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Stuart Moulthrop gave the files for this work to Dene Grigar in 2022.
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