09/06/2012 10:26 am ET Updated Nov 06, 2012

An Incomplete History of Digital Fiction

Long before three w's together was a word, writers have been pushing the boundaries of fiction and reality on digital platforms. In 1976, readers explored imaginary caves on a computer with less processing power than a pocket calculator. In 1984, the author of Jurassic Park created an interactive tale to be loaded, slowly, from a cassette tape. Today, people are reading and writing device-specific stories on cell phones and tablets. Text-based digital fiction continues to push the boundaries of our imaginations and technology. While we remain ever impatient for the next chapter, here are some highlights from the past 35 years of narrative evolution. — Andrew Losowsky

To read more, download our new weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store. This story appears in the Literary Issue, available Friday, Sept. 21.