Inanimate Alice, the long-running work of interactive fiction and popular educational resource around the world has released its latest sixth episode, ‘The Last Gas Station’. The young girl from episode one who dreams of being a games developer is now nineteen and working her way through college but, of course, crisis is never far away. The new episode is available as a download for PC and Mac from the project web site; all previous episodes are still able to view freely in a web browser.
Not content with his commentary during last year’s Brisbane Writers Festival, Australia’s first novelist Henry Savery has been given something of a second life on Twitter. Here at if:book Australia, we've used a bit of clever coding to ensure Henry’s tweets are now automated. His hourly tweets feature short passages from his 1830 novel, Quintus Servinton, sometimes ‘mashed up’ with more contemporary sources. The trick is figuring out who those sources might be. The result we hope will be always peculiar, but fun.
I am a sucker for old texts scanned and made available online so I was instantly drawn to the archives of American civil war documents presented by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Though it’s not the easiest site to find your way through, it is filled with the most beautiful handwritten treasures from another age.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.