By Juan B. Gutierrez. Extreme Conditions is a novel that has
been re-written three times with three different techniques. It is essentially
an experimental novel that served as a guinea pig to test authoring techniques
and reader's reaction. The current version, the number 3, was built between
2003 and 2005. This version (2005) was essential to build the specialized artificial
intelligence engine behind Literatronic.com. This novel is an experiment
in non-linear reading in electronic media, since its circular array of
events naturally allows narrative jumps. In juxtaposition, The
First Flight of the Wright Brothers is an experimental novel designed for
Juan B. Gutierrez
- Director. Writer and Programmer.
Creator of Literatronic and writer of the final text
of the novel.
Evelin Ramirez -
Translator Spanish-English. Editor
Translated the novel from Spanish to English. Served as an editor.
Peña - Writer
Was a key element in the preparation of the script. She named the novel and most
of the characters.
and Alberto Rodriguez
- Graphic Artists
Both of them participated in he elaboration of the script. Each one did half
of the comics. Alberto used computer graphics; Giovanni his bare hands.
The book is property of their authors. It is possible to use part or whole
content (text and/or graphics) indicating clearly the source ONLY for reviews.
Those who are interested in digital archaeology can find the different
Conditions Version 3 - 2006 (English): This version was the first piece
of digital narrative written in the system Literatronic. It is an adaptive
piece in which the information system tries to optimize the reading process.
To learn about adaptive digital narrative, follow
this link. This version has not been critiqued.
- Condiciones Extremas
Version 2 - 2000 (Spanish): This version tried to optimize the user interface
ad facilitate navigation through multiple entry points grouped by space, time
and characters. This version was critiqued: Read in Amazon.com
a chapter dedicated to Extreme Conditions in "Latin American Literature
and Mass Media", CASTILLO, Debra/ PAZ-SOLDÁN, Edmundo (eds.). 2001. Hispanic
Issues Series. New York: Garland, 2001
- Condiciones Extremas
Version 1 - 1998 (Spanish): This version was financed by the Repository
of Artistic Projects of the Institute of Culture of Bogota. Project "Laboratorio
Multimedial", grant IDCT 514/1997. Bogota, Colombia. It was a primitive hypertext;
it was important, however, because it helped in the learning process. This
version was critiqued: Hipertulia,
una página española sobre hiperficción. Universidad Complutense, Madrid,
Extremas. Printed Version - 1998 (Spanish): Script: Giovanni
Castro, Juan B. Gutierrez, Tamara Peña y Alberto Rodríguez. Text: Juan
B. Gutierrez.Comic Chapters 1, 3 y 6 (Printed Version): Nigio.
Comic Chapters 2, 4 y 5 (Printed Version): Alberto. Comic Pages 4A,
6A, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26B, 27, 28A, 29A y 30 (Printed Version): William
Cháves. Graphic Design (Printed Version): Caramelot. Graphic
Concept (Printed Version): Alberto Rodríguez. CD-ROM Production:
Juan B. Gutierrez. First Edition (Printed Version): April, 1998.
The author wants to particularly thank to Maria Aydée Gómez, Carlota Llano,
Liliana López and Aída Bejarano, at the Bogotan Institute of Culture (1997-1998).
They facilitated the artistic work in the city during one of the happiest times
for Colombian artists.