Moving text into e-space has thus far taken as many steps backward as it has forward, largely because the paradigm of the
printed book has served as a blinder that keeps us from seeing possible new ways of writing—something nowhere more obvious
than in nonfiction. After looking at a few examples of such failures of imagination, including an internet-only scholarly
publication that fails to take advantage of virtual textuality, this essay first notes some nonfictional genres and modes
after which it looks the relations between fiction and nonfiction as literary forms. Next, it suggests new methods of argumentation
made possible by computer-based textuality. The largest part of this essay then explores three new forms: the blog as the
electronic translation of the journal, the hypertext essay, and the Ulmerian mystory.