Insisting on the centrality of character (in literature no less than gaming) Ken Perlin responds to Victoria Vesna and Will Wright.
The man behind The Sims, Will Wright, places narrative controls back in the hands of gamers.
In response to Perlin, Victoria Vesna reiterates the unique realism of games.
Animals and invaders populate the space of Janet Murray's counter-response.
Espen Aarseth foresees the quick end of Murray's "story-game hybrid" and suggests instead a "critical theory of games."
Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin introduce Cyberdrama, the first section of First Person.
Diane Goodman on the anthology that helped put the term "postfeminism" into circulation.
Cris Mazza sends in her introduction to the follow-up volume of Chick-Lit, No Victims.
Lisa Joyce critiques the rash of historical fiction by women, circa 1996.
Dodie Bellamy gets to the "dirty parts" of contemporary fiction.