The Roar of Destiny—Twentieth Anniversary Version explores the role of sound in interpreting and augmenting electronic literature, in this case a pioneering work of experimental web-based hyperfiction. In the years when The Roar was created (1995-1996), the Internet was rapidly changing. In response, The Roar of Destiny involves the reader in a continual struggle between the real and the virtual; echoes the change from two-colored screens to diversion-intense multi-colored screens; and addresses questions of how writers can work in the evolving environment of the World Wide Web. For this updated version, the author has associated recordings of her reading some of the lexis comprising this work.
A pioneer on the Internet and in electronic literature, Judy Malloy followed a vision of hypertextual narrative that she began in the 1970’s with experimental artist books created in card catalog and electro-mechanical structures, and in 1986 she wrote and programmed the pioneering hyperfiction Uncle Roger, In the ensuing years she created a series of hypernarratives published by Eastgate, including its name was Penelope, which was called one of the early classics of electronic literature by Robert Coover. In 1993, she was invited to Xerox PARC where she worked in Computer Science Laboratory as an artist-in-residence, and consultant in the document of the future. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. As a Visiting Lecturer and distinguished fellow at Princeton University, she has taught courses in Electronic Literature: Lineage, Theory and Contemporary Practice and Social Media: History and Poetics, and she is the editor of the forthcoming MIT Press book, Social Media Archeology and Poetics, as well as Founding Editor of Content | Code | Process. In the Fall of 2016, she will be a Digital Studies Fellow at Rutgers University Camden’s Digital Studies Center.