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Hypertextual Fiction

I'm not much of a hypertext scholar, but I came across a video game that, to me, very much reminded me of the hypertext fiction from Eastgate Systems. It's "Indigo Prophecy" --I've only played the PlayStation demo--but basically a story unfolds and at various points you are asked to make decisions that determine the course of the story. You can go back and see how things would have been different with alternative choices, and you can switch between characters and explore the choices from those perspectives, too.

There's a PC-only demo at the product's website, as well as the usual information and screen shots. Quite intriguing. This just might be the game that gets me back into my neglected PS2.

A hauntingly good show

David Parr is one of the country's top professional magicians, and the last week of October you can see his Haunting History show at the Lakeshore Theatre in Chicago. Parr has been staging this show, in various forms and venues, for several years and it always gets good reviews.

Parr is not only a good magician--he's an excellent storyteller and actor--and he specializes in "spooky" matters, so this is sure to be a good time. Check out Parr's website for ticket information, I'm confident you'll enjoy a night of intelligent, grown-up entertainment, and perhaps I'll see you there!