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About the StoryManlandia is a utopian interactive fiction that describes an isolated society composed entirely of men, who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). The result is an ideal social order: free of war, conflict, and domination – but the result is also a thrilling interactive story involving an aeroplane, a bold trio of explorers, daring encounters and escapes, and other amazing adventures.
Cover art image CC BY-SA 3.0 (C) Gert Germeraad 2011, Portret van een man005.jpg
57th Place - 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2016)
The Breakfast Review
I don't know if I can say anything about the writing. I don't know how much of it was straight adaptation of someone else's work. I will say that the rearrangement into Interactive Fiction seemed very well done, so much so that I was unsure, on my first playthrough, if the choices were real or if I was merely hitting a "next page" button.
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When I read the story, I was disappointed that it wasn't remotely 'interactive fiction' unless we're including multi-part blog posts and ebooks in that now. It's just a story that you click to advance the pages. But as a story, I really liked it. It did a fantastic job capturing the voice of a early 20th-C adventure novel. Really authentic sounding!
When I found out that the reason it sounded like an adventure story from a century ago is that it was plagiarized in its entirely from an actual adventure story from a century ago, I was disappointed again. Disappointed because someone took someone else's work, Rule 63'ed it, and released it under their own name, and disappointed because a pitch-perfect '1916 adventure voice' is a lot less impressive coming from an actual 1916ian.
In short, it was...disappointing.
This is not something I can judge by the standards of fiction, interactive or otherwise. This is a ploy, if it's not deliberate trolling and all I can really do is inform people of this fact.
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