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Where are all the humans? Upon returning from your 100 year voyage in the milky way, you find earth empty and abandoned. Between the decaying remnants of civilization, you discover a terminal for Worldnet, the global network that recorded all human activities. The answer must lie deep in its database. Anxious, you log on.

Portal is a computer novel - an attempt of creating and adapting a novel specifically for the computer. The story of the boy Peter Devore, his incredible discovery and the mysterious portal are told by an AI named Homer, who reconstructs it piece by piece out of database fragments. As the plot develops, you acquire accompanying information by accessing eleven additional databases - for example a historical archive, military files or social backgrounds. As you switch between the databases to uncover new details, an extensive sci-fi story unfolds.


Portal Amiga The main interface
Portal Amiga A priority three message
Portal Apple II Exploring with the main database interface
Portal Commodore 64 Part of the story

Alternate Titles

  • "Portal: A Computer Novel" -- Tag-lined title

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An unique and exciting experiment, well written, perfectly designed. PC Booter -Chris (7308)

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 11 out of 12 92
Tilt PC Booter Jun, 1987 17 out of 20 85
Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 7 out of 10 70


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Rob Swigart has kindly informed me that his book is now available through the Authors Guild Backprint program. You can now buy a paperback copy of the book. It was republished in October 2001, with ISBN 0595197841.

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