The Chimerist

About The Chimerist

We’re Laura and Maud, two literary types who love books and technology and who think it’s facile to regard them as enemies. We both got iPads when the device debuted, and we remain, nearly two years later, obsessed and amazed. Tablet computers hold out the promise of brave new forms of art and storytelling that we’re only beginning to be able to conceptualize.  Finding what does exist is a challenge; the App Store and other methods of discovery don’t offer much help unearthing the sorts of beautiful and strange creations we long to explore. So we decided to start The Chimerist.

While we’re both known for writing other things in other venues, this site is our private preserve where we celebrate the apps that realize the iPad’s imaginative potential, gripe about the ones that don’t, fantasize about what the future might bring, and eagerly await your suggestions.

About Laura Miller 

Laura Miller is a critic and author. She was a co-founder of, where she currently works as a staff writer. She wrote the “Last Word” column in the New York Times Book Review for two years, and her writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Guardian and Wired. She’s the author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia and the editor of The Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors, and she has a web site at, mostly about The Magician’s Book. Salon maintains a directory of her many, many, many articles for the site. Like Maud, her first encounter with interactive narrative was Adventure, but her heart belongs to Myst.

You can read her initial thoughts about The Chimerist here, and see a screenshot of her home page here.

About Maud Newton

Maud Newton is a writer, editor, and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, Narrative, the Los Angeles Times, the Paris Review Daily, GrantaThe Awl, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, Barnes & Noble Review, and many other publications. She squandered countless hours on the University of Florida’s VAX system in the early ’90s, created her first website, now mercifully extinct, on the Alachua County Freenet in 1996, and started blogging in May 2002.  She’s also on Twitter and has another Tumblr. Her first immersive computer-based story experience, in 1983, was Adventureland.

You can read her initial thoughts on The Chimerist here, and see screenshots of her home page here.