Adam Cadre

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Adam Cadre
Born February 5, 1974
Silver Spring, Maryland
Nationality American
Occupation Interactive fiction writer
Known for Photopia (1998), Varicella (1999)
Website
http://adamcadre.ac

Adam Cadre (born February 5, 1974 in Silver Spring, Maryland[1]) is an American writer active in a number of forms ― novels, screenplays, webcomics, essays ― but best known for his work in interactive fiction.[2]

Biography[edit]

Cadre's 1998 piece Photopia pioneered a new direction in interactive fiction, removing the gaming elements that had previously been dominant; it has been cited as "hugely influential to IF development"[3] and "important to video games as a whole, to the advancement of our understanding of the interactive medium."[4] His next IF work, 1999's Varicella, won several XYZZY Awards and became the subject of academic study.[5]

Chief among his non-interactive work is a novel, Ready, Okay! (2000).

Lyttle Lytton Contest[edit]

The Lyttle Lytton Contest, run by Adam Cadre, is a diminutive derivative of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, and was first awarded in the year 2001. Both are tongue-in-cheek contests that take place annually and in which entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels." The Lyttle Lytton Contest varies from the Bulwer-Lytton in favoring shorter first sentences, of 25 words or fewer. For the 2008 competition, the maximum combined word count of an entrant's submission was increased to 30 words, and an individual entry may consist of multiple sentences.The limit was raised again to 33 words after the 2010 contest, and for the 2012 contest, a 200-character per submission limit was established instead.

Top winners
  • 2014 – "'Together, we will beat them all,' she whispered, caressing the circlet-girt fontanelles of her #royalbaby." (Alex Thorpe)
  • 2013 – "The men greeted each other, wearing various smiles on their faces." (Noah MacAulay)
  • 2012 – "Agent Jeffrey's trained eyes rolled carefully around the room, taking in the sights and sounds." (Davian Aw)
  • 2011 – "The red hot sun rose in the cold blue sky." (Judy Dean)
  • 2010 – ""I shouldn't be saying this, but I think I'll love you always, baby, always," Adam cried into the email. " (Shexmus Amed)
  • 2009 – "The mighty frigate Indestructible rounded the Horn of Africa and lurched east'ard." (Pete Wirtala)
  • 2008 – "Because they had not repented, the angel stabbed the unrepentant couple thirteen times, with its sword." (Graham Swanson)
  • 2007 – "It clawed its way out of Katie, bit through the cord and started clearing." (Gunther Schmidl)
  • 2006 – "This is the cipher key for all that follows: |||||| || |!" (P. Scott Hamilton)
  • 2005 – "John, surfing, said to his mother, surfing beside him, 'How do you like surfing?' " (Eric Davis)
  • 2004 – "This is the story of your mom's life." (Rachel Lambert)
  • 2003 – "For centuries, man had watched the clouds; now, they were watching him." (Stephen Sachs)
  • 2002 – "The pain wouldn't stop, and Vern still had three cats left." (Andrew Davis)
  • 2001 – "Turning, I mentally digested all of what you, the reader, are about to find out heartbreakingly." (Top Changwatchai)
Other winners

In addition to the main contest, others are offered from year to year. The winners of those are:

  • Freeform contest, 2007 – "Scaling Everest was, by far, the most amazing and transformative experience of my life. Unfortunately, this is a thesis on context-free grammars." (Jonathan Blum)
  • Paragraph contest, 2006 – "The evil Intergalactic Emperor surveyed the destruction he wrought. 'Booyah!' he cried with glee. 'I'm in ur base! I'm killing all ur mans!' " (James Wall)
  • Political speech contest, 2004 – "While my opponents fellate the Satan of special interests, I go down on Reform's compassionate angel." (anonymous)
  • Paul Clifford contest, 2003 – "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents – except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. Steeling himself for battle, Fyandor, the oldest and bravest of the lamps, proclaimed, 'Nay, foul wind, this will not be the night of our extinguishment!' " (anonymous)
  • Last line contest, 2002 – " 'Lawd a'mighty,' howled Caleb, to the consternation of those few who still remained in the helpless, drifting lifeboat, 'some of y'all are lookin' mighty tasty!' " (Mark Silcox)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Cadre. "101". AdamCadre.ac. Archived from the original on November 3, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  2. ^ "The .Z5 Obstructions: Leveraging Constraints in Interactive Fiction". 
  3. ^ Emily Short. "Photopia – Details". 
  4. ^ Jordan Magnuson. "Photopia: Not a Mediocre Short Story". 
  5. ^ Nick Montfort and Stuart Moulthrop. "Face It, Tiger, You Just Hit the Jackpot: Reading and Playing Cadre's Varicella". 
  6. ^ a b "XYZZY Awards: 1997 Winners". Xyzzynews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d "XYZZY Awards: 1999 Winners". Xyzzynews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  8. ^ "XYZZY Awards: 1998 Winners". Xyzzynews.com. February 6, 1999. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  9. ^ "XYZZY Awards: Winning Games of 2003". Xyzzynews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  10. ^ a b c "XYZZY Awards: Winning Games of 2002". Xyzzynews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  11. ^ "XYZZY Awards: Winning Games of 2000". Xyzzynews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 

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