Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is an acclaimed novel that just released its paperback edition, and since it first came out, it's been recommended to me maybe several dozen times as the best novel about online worlds since, yes, Snowcrash. I'm resisting it until my own novel comes out, but the latest endorsement comes from the Second Life artist known as Douglas Story, and Story says it's the story for us:
"My Second Life friend Lydia Bracken (who in RL is a librarian at a community college) contacted me about two weeks ago and said, "Drop whatever you're doing and start reading this book!" I obediently followed her instructions, and am I glad I did." Here's why:
"Ready Player One is a wonderful combo of virtual world mayhem, geeky 80s references, and a nerdy love story. Don't expect deep cultural insights, just a rollicking good read. The virtual world that the book portrays is omnipresent in the dystopian world of 2044, and everybody worldwide logs into the metaverse to both play and work. You know, basically the future that we all thought Second Life would have back in 2006. Anyone who has ever played an MMO or driven an SL avatar around will be as spellbound as I was. So say I. It's being released in paperback June 5. Enjoy!"
Oh I will someday, someday. If you already have, dear reader, please share your story about the story alongside Story.