Bad Machine

"This is a work of poetic narrative built upon the structure of interactive fiction. The protagonist of this piece is a defective ('bad') machine whose malfunction has given it self awareness and independence from the clockwork functioning of a warehouse full of robots. The reader (player, interactor) is placed in this machine's position and must learn how to survive in a world that will quickly take it apart and reabsorb it into its operational structure. The most poetic part of this work is that the lessons are in interpreting its language and interacting with the parser, both of which lead to a fresh experience of language as action and power." -- Leonardo Flores, From I Love E-Poetry

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The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1

Published in 2006 by Electronic Literature Organization.

The ELO gave this copy of the work to the Electronic Literature Lab in 2018.

PUBLICATION TYPE

Anthology

ORIGINAL URL

https://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/shiovitz__bad_machine.html

Poems That Go

Published in 2003 by Poems That GO in Volume 14.

This copy was given to Megan Sapner Ankerson and Ingrid Ankerson in Spring 2019.

PUBLICATION TYPE

Journal