A publisher of hypertexts
, based in Massachusetts
. Eastgate prints works of fiction
and literary criticism
, mostly on CD-ROM
these days although a few titles are probably still on floppies
, meant to be read on computers. Most of the writing in Eastgate's catalog is experimental in nature, which isn't as inherent to the medium as old-school literature fans might think; most of Eastgate's hypertexts are also created with their tool Storyspace
. There might be a causal relationship there, as Storyspace encourages the creation of layered works with a lot of conditional links and many means of navigation.
Besides their big-ticket item Storyspace, considered by a quorum of postmodern lit authorities (is that an oxymoron?) to be the most powerful tool out there for the creation of hypertexts (as opposed to web pages), Eastgate started its publishing life with Michael Joyce's afternoon, a story, which they and Joyce handed out on floppies at one of the ACM's early annual Hypertext conferences, and is often cited (probably wrongly, but whatever) as the first major work of hyperfiction.