In a provocative 1992 essay for the New York Times, novelist Robert Coover

predicted the death of books of fiction and their transfiguration in a nonlinear

hypertext form:

Much of the novel’s alleged power is embedded in the line, that compulsory

author-directed movement from the beginning of a sentence to its period,

from the top of the page to the bottom, from the first page to the last. . . . But

true freedom from the tyranny of the line is perceived as only really possible

now at last with the advent of hypertext, written and read on the computer.