I also discovered that even though I've read four(!) different versions of Subcutanean at this point, the one that "seems right to me" is still the first one that I read. for whatever reason, the subsequent versions feel like variations on the first, even though that first one isn't especially remarkable in any way! weird
more on Subcutanean (computer-generated novel)
just had a fun discussion about _Subcutanean_ in my computational narrative class. we started high-minded and philosophical ("is this one story whose narrative discourse varies, or multiple distinct stories? how does *this particular* narrative benefit from generativity? is the obsession with underground spaces just a western trope, or a deeper cultural universal?") but ended up just telling each other about the weird variations we got in our copies
@aparrish Incidentally, have you read Telephone, by Percival Everett? Similar thing going on, though on a smaller, less procedural scale. Three versions were published, with identical covers.
I like everything Everett writes, so it's hard for me to give an objective opinion. Yes?
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