We Descend, Volume One

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ELL-W-16-1

Good Condition

Copy published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. on 3.5in Floppy Disk in 1997. Currently in The Dene Grigar Collection.

ISBN: 1-884511-35-X

Grigar received this copy from N. Katherine Hayles for the exhibit, Early Authors of Electronic Literature: The Eastgate School, Voyager Artists, and Independent Productions, held in conjunction with the Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Arts Show that Grigar curated. The author produced a web-based version (http://wedescend.net) with Eastgate Systems, Inc.'s software Tinderbox. The folio cover and edges are worn and scratched from heavy use. The folio contains two registration cards, a manual, and one off-white Windows floppy disk. It requires 1 MB free RAM to access the work.

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ELL-W-16-2

New Condition

Copy published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. on CD-ROM in 1997. Currently in The Dene Grigar Collection.

ISBN: 1-884511-35-X

Grigar purchased this copy directly from Eastgate Systems, Inc. for use in the lab. The author produced a Volume Two of the work. The author produced a web-based version (http://wedescend.net) with Eastgate Systems, Inc.'s software Tinderbox. The folio is in pristine condition. "The CD's design follows that of others, like Stephanie Strickland's True North, used by Eastgate Systems during the same period. It is screen printed, burgundy in color, with 11 white circles arranged so that the center spindle hole is highlighted. The overall look provides an optical illusion of a 3D space where the hole serves as the entry point. Above the line of the 4th white circle are the words "commodity-firmness-delight," referring to Vitruvius' "architectural virtues" that Mark Bernstein, the owner of Eastgate Systems, Inc., saw printed on a t-shirt he saw in the 1970s. The name, "Eastgate", appears to the left of the circles and is also printed in white. At the top of the CD, the title of the work is hand-written in black lettering by Estha Blachman of Eastgate with a Sharpie pen."--Grigar, Pathfinders

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    ELL-W-16-3

    Good Condition

    Copy published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. on CD-ROM in 1997. Currently in The Dene Grigar Collection.

    ISBN: 1-884511-35-X

    Grigar purchased this copy directly from Eastgate Systems, Inc for use in the lab. The CD version was released after 2000, three years after the diskette was published. The author produced a web-based version (http://wedescend.net) with Eastgate Systems, Inc.'s software Tinderbox. The folio has creases on the spine, and the back cover is lightly worn. It contains a floppy disk and a manual. "The CD's design follows that of others, like Stephanie Strickland's True North, used by Eastgate Systems during the same period. It is screen printed, burgundy in color, with 11 white circles arranged so that the center spindle hole is highlighted. The overall look provides an optical illusion of a 3D space where the hole serves as the entry point. Above the line of the 4th white circle are the words "commodity-firmness-delight," referring to Vitruvius' "architectural virtues" that Mark Bernstein, the owner of Eastgate Systems, Inc., saw printed on a t-shirt he saw in the 1970s. The name, "Eastgate", appears to the left of the circles and is also printed in white. At the top of the CD, the title of the work is hand-written in black lettering by Estha Blachman of Eastgate with a Sharpie pen. "--Grigar, Pathfinders

    Tested and working on the following operating systems:

      ELL-W-16-4

      Good Condition

      Copy published by Eastgate Systems, Inc. on 3.5in Floppy Disk in 1997. Currently in The Dene Grigar Collection.

      ISBN: 1-884511-35-X

      Grigar purchased this copy directly from Eastgate Systems, Inc. for use in the lab. The author produced a web-based version (http://wedescend.net) with Eastgate Systems, Inc.'s software Tinderbox. The folio has some creases, scratches, and light colored stains. A few edges are a little worn. It contains one black Mac floppy disk and a manual. "The CD's design follows that of others, like Stephanie Strickland's True North, used by Eastgate Systems during the same period. It is screen printed, burgundy in color, with 11 white circles arranged so that the center spindle hole is highlighted. The overall look provides an optical illusion of a 3D space where the hole serves as the entry point. Above the line of the 4th white circle are the words "commodity-firmness-delight," referring to Vitruvius' "architectural virtues" that Mark Bernstein, the owner of Eastgate Systems, Inc., saw printed on a t-shirt he saw in the 1970s. The name, "Eastgate", appears to the left of the circles and is also printed in white. At the top of the CD, the title of the work is hand-written in black lettering by Estha Blachman of Eastgate with a Sharpie pen. "--Grigar, Pathfinders

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        Author(s)

        Bill Bly

        First Published

        1997

        Original Publisher

        Eastgate Systems, Inc.

        Language

        English

        Description

        "A story of our far future, unearthed by a Scholar to whom it is the distant past. But for that far-off scholar, as for every reader, the paths followed and the connections forged among the diaries, letters, confessions, and artifacts lead only to further questions. Some documents speak to us of Egderus, a young boy at the isolated Mountain House. What -- or who -- lives in the rocky hills around him? What secrets bind his superiors in fear and silence? What is it that creeps out, undetected, to drive a man mad, or to tear him limb from limb? Why must "Egderus later leave the Mountain House as amanuensis to the Good Doctor, interrogator and torturer? What intrigue surrounds one prisoner, the Historian, that makes the Good Doctor so relentless in his attack? Why, ultimately, is this Historian the one victim that Egderus attempts to rescue? Years later, as an old man at the Mountain House, Egderus uncovers only more mysteries. What did the Historian learn that drove him to his death? Does something live, still, in the rocks around him? And how shall Egderus pursue this disturbing legacy that could shake the foundations of his darkening world?"--ELO State of the Arts 2002 Gallery

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