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aka: Portal: A Computer Novel

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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.

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11 People (7 developers, 4 thanks)

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Next up to the Kickstarter trough... Pseudo_Intellectual (64872) 2012-05-17 22:22:55


If you don't have the patience to read the story of Portal within the game interface, Portal was also published as a novel by Rob Swigart. There was a U.S. hardcover edition from St. Martin's in 1988 (ISBN 0-312-01494-5) and a U.K. paperback edition from Grafton in 1989 (ISBN 0-586-20649-3).

The novel uses the game's format of presenting the story as short fragments "written" by Homer, supplemented by information from other databases. I haven't compared in great detail, but the text appears to be mostly unchanged from the game.

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by -Chris.

Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64 added by POMAH. Macintosh added by Corn Popper. Apple II added by ClydeFrog.

Additional contributors: andyhat, Salim Fadhley, formercontrib.

Last modified February 22nd, 2023.