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Emily Short is the pseudonym[clarification needed] of an interactive fiction (IF) writer, perhaps best known for her debut game Galatea and her use of psychologically complex NPCs, or non-player game characters. She has been called "one of the most renowned authors in the IF community", and is the author of over fifteen works of IF in addition to being chief editor of the IF Theory Book.
A number of Short's works have won acclaim at the XYZZY Awards, an annual popular-choice award for interactive fiction. Her work has been described by reviewers in terms that range from "mesmerizing" to "frustrating", but she is widely respected as an authority in the field and has presided over numerous IF contests. Her 2003 work, City of Secrets, was originally commissioned by a San Francisco synth pop band, but later left the project, which she completed on her own. 
Short has played a major role in the development of Graham Nelson's radical new interactive fiction development system, Inform 7. Her more conspicuous contributions include writing most of the 300+ programming examples in the documentation, and creating two full-length demo games for release with the Inform 7 beta.
Selected IF works
- Galatea (2000; winner of the 2000 XYZZY Award for Best Individual NPC and Best of Show in the 2000 IF Art Show)
- Metamorphoses (2000; 2nd place at the 2000 Interactive Fiction Competition, Best Writing in the 2000 XYZZY Awards)
- Savoir-Faire (2002; winner of XYZZY Awards for Best Game, Best Puzzles, Best Story, Best Individual PC)
- City of Secrets (2003; winner of the XYZZY Award for Best NPCs; Runner-up for Games' Best RPG/Adventure 2004)
- Floatpoint (2006, winner of the 2006 Interactive Fiction Competition, winner of 2006 XYZZY Awards for Best Settings and Best NPCs.)
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