Familiar hypertext tools support calligraphic hypertext, hypertext that begins without links and lets the writer link things that should be connected.
Sculptural hypertext begins with densely linked bundles like decks of cards, from which the reader might select pages in any sequence. But Storyspace hypertexts aren’t just random: writers can remove links and enforce constraints so the hypertext organizes itself.
Sculptural hypertext encourages painterly narrative in which the writer controls what she knows to be necessary while relaxing control over the reader when control might not be needed.
Though sculptural hypertext has not yet proven to be of great interest to hypertext research, it has become a staple of literary games – particularly through Failbetter’s Fallen London and more broadly through narrativist games like Morningstar’s Fiasco or Czege’s My Life With Master.
Storyspace 3 Mark Bernstein Eastgate Systems, Inc.