King of Space

Internal Copies

ELL-W-122-1

Acceptable Condition

Copy published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. on 3.5in Floppy Disk in 1991. Currently in The Dene Grigar Collection.

ISBN: 188451104X

Grigar received this copy from N. Katherine Hayles for the ELO 2008 Conference exhibit, "Early Authors of Electronic Literature: The Eastgate School, Voyager Artists, and Independent Productions," that Grigar curated. The work runs on Hypergate, software created specifically for King of Space by Mark Bernstein. It requires a floppy disk drive and 2MB of memory. In order to read the work, all files on the two floppy disks must be moved to a folder on the desktop. The folio contains a manual; two gray floppy disks; an advertisement card for other Eastgate Systems, Inc. publications; an installation update pamphlet; and a registration card. Ink has stained the inside of the vinyl folio. The manual is ripped, and pages stick together. The advertisement and registration cards are also stained by ink.

Tested and working on the following operating systems:

Requires the following software:

  • Hypergate

      ELL-W-122-2

      New Condition

      Copy published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. on 3.5in Floppy Disk in 1991. Currently in The Dene Grigar Collection.

      ISBN: 188451104X

      Grigar purchased this copy directly from Eastgate Systems, Inc. for use in the Electronic Literature Lab. The work runs on Hypergate, software created specifically for King of Space by Mark Bernstein. It requires a floppy disk drive and 2MB of memory. In order to read the work, all files on the two floppy disks must be moved to a folder on the desktop. The folio is unopened. From the opened copy it is known that the folio contains a manual; two gray floppy disks; an advertisement card for other Eastgate Systems, Inc. publications; an installation update pamphlet; and a registration card.

      Tested and working on the following operating systems:

      Requires the following software:

      • Hypergate

          ELL-W-122-1

          Good Condition

          Copy published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. on 3.5in Floppy Disk in 1991. Currently in The David Kolb Collection.

          ISBN: 188451104X

          Grigar received this copy from David Kolb for use in the electronic literature lab in 2017. The work runs on Hypergate, software created specifically for King of Space by Mark Bernstein. It requires a floppy disk drive and 2MB of memory. In order to read the work, all files on the two floppy disks must be moved to a folder on the desktop. The folio contains a manual, two black floppy disks, an installation update pamphlet, and a registration card. Ink has stained the inside of the vinyl folio. The manual pages stick together. Registration cards are stained by ink.

          Tested and working on the following operating systems:

          Requires the following software:

          • Hypergate

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              Author(s)

              Sarah Smith

              First Published

              1991

              Original Publisher

              Eastgate Systems, Inc.

              Language

              English

              Description

              One of the first multimedia hypertexts published by Eastgate Systems, Inc., King of Space was authored by Sarah Smith. Working with her were visual artist Matthew Mattingly and musical composer Michael Druzinsky. It is described as "A dark science-fictional ritual of fertility and regeneration, King of Space takes place in an abandoned starship, circling the edges of a plague-ridden and collapsing solar system, where an escaped terrorist meets the last star-captain and his ship's Priestess. Old man and young, young woman and ageless starship meet and meet again as enemies, allies, rapists, and lovers. The story has elements of gaming; an unwise move can send a character to the kitchen ("hundreds of tiny sandwiches, all alike") or into the rocky caverns of the intelligent and unpleasant starship, where a very persistent elevator is waiting to have a conversation; you can meet the Lady Nii's ancient, dreadful lover, King Brady, or become him; you can fall into a maze of love, or find the dance at the center of the world that regenerates the ship. Contains games and animations. Not for kids."--Eastgate Systems, Inc.

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              Pathfinders Traversal