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Sunday
Nov062011

The Future is Episodic Fiction

Back in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, there was a trend that kept readers hanging on to the edge of their seats. That trend was "serialized stories," which were heavily promoted in many major magazines of the day. What is the serial? A Wikipedia article on serials, which can be found here has this to say:

  • In literature, a serial is a publishing format by which a single large work, most often a work of narrative fiction, is presented in contiguous (typically chronological) installments—also known as numbers, parts, or fascicles—either issued as separate publications or appearing in sequential issues of a single periodical publication.[1] More generally, serial is applied in library and information science to materials "in any medium issued under the same title in a succession of discrete parts, usually numbered (or dated) and appearing at regular or irregular intervals with no predetermined conclusion. 

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