Techno thriller

'The Unbinding,' Slate's serialized 'Net novel' being written and posted 'in real time' by Walter Kirn, raises intriguing possibilities for the future of fiction. But is it a future we really want?

(Globe Staff Photo Illustration / Greg Klee) Globe Staff Photo Illustration / Greg Klee
By Sven Birkerts
April 2, 2006

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ON MARCH 13, Slate magazine made a bid to turn the dynamic power of the Internet to artistic account, inviting the writer Walter Kirn to create an online work of fiction ''in real time." According to its announcement, this will be ''the first time a prominent novelist has published a genuine Net novel-one that takes advantage of, and draws inspiration ... (Full article: 1330 words)

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