Research on digital aesthetics has had an enourmous upswying in the last few years and has started to disperse.. There are the field of hyperfiction, hyper- or multimedia, collaborative writings, net installations, computer games and kinetic poetry. Those fields are covered by different authors or groups at different places. Thus it is very welcome that some of the researchers and pioneers in these fields serve as guest editors in dichtung-digital and produce issues corresponding to their research emphasis.

Beat Suter - one of the first archivists of net literature, author of the first dissertation on the subject in German ("Hyperfiction und interaktive Narration", 1999) and editor of several books and CD-ROMs on net cultur and net literature (update-verlag and cyberfiction) - will be the first guest editor of dichtung-digital. 2/2002 is created totally under his direction. Most of teh 21 contributions are dedicated to the topic of computer games.

Uwe Wirth and Karin Wenz are well known in the field of digital literature because of their publications and conferences (Modemfieber, InterSzene, p0es1s) they have (co)organised. In 6/2002 Wirth and Wenz present contributions (most of them on aspects of copmputer games) from the section 'Zeichenkörper im Netz' of the semiotics conference 2002 in Kassel.

Loss Pequeño Glazier is known in the academic world of digital aesthetics as director of the Electronic Poetry Center, author of Digital Poetics and organizer of the E-Poetry-Symposium. The contributions in 3/2003 are from the symposium Language & Encoding organized by Glazier and Mark Böhlen, held at State University of New York, Buffalo, in November 8-9, 2002.

Markku Eskelinen, independent scholar and experimental writer of ergodic literature, interactive drama, critical essays and cybertext fiction, is editor of Game Studies and coeditor of Cybertext Yearbook. In 4/2003 he assembles contributions by Sandinavian researchers in the field of digital aestehtics.

Laura Borràs Castanyer is Lecturer at the Universtitat Oberta de Catalunya and director of the Hermeneia: Literary Studies and Digital Technologies research group. In 3/2004 she presents contribution from the conference Under construction: Digital literatures and theoretical approaches, held at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona in April 14-16, 2004.

Peter Gendolla is Professor for literature, art, new media and technology at the University of Siegen and chair of the project "net-literature" within the research center "Media in Transition." Jörgen Schäfer is Assistant Professor at the research project "net-literature." Gendolla and Schäfer present in 1/2005 the contributions of the international conference "Netliterature: Transformations in Literary Communikation" in Siegen in November 25-27, 2004.

Astrid Ensslin is Lecturer in New Media an der Bangor University, UK; author of "Canonizing Hypertext: Explorations and Constructions" (London: Continuum, 2007)

Alice Bell is Lecturer in English Language ansd Literature at Sheffield Hallam University. Researcher in digital literature and author of "The Possible Worlds of Hypertext Fiction" (forthcoming 2009, Palgrave-Macmillan)