The SmartMonsters Bookstore
SmartMonsters' games are not for everyone. We write for
adults with fairly rich educational and cultural backgrounds.
We assume our players like to read, and know how to type. We don't
write for kids. If this sounds like you, welcome!
to read our essay, "Can a Game be Literature?"
The works listed here have all been used in some way as
our flagship game.
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Books About Online Communities
Communities in Cyberspace, Smith, et al, eds., Routledge 1998
Community Building on the Web: Secret Strategies for Successful Online Communities, Kim, Peachpit 2000
Conversation and Community: Discourse in a Social MUD, Cherny, Cambridge 1999
Cyberville: Clicks, Culture, and the Creation of an Online Town, Horn, Warner 1998
Exodus to the Virtual World: How Online Fun Is Changing Reality, Edward Castronova, Palgrave Macmillan 2008
My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World, Dibbell, Owl Books 1999
Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot, Julian Dibbell, Basic Books 2007
Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games, Edward Castronova, University Of Chicago Press 2006
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"[The] dominant of postmodernist fiction is ontological. That is, postmodernist fiction deploys strategies which engage and foreground questions like ... "Which world is this? What is to be done in it? Which of my selves is to do it?" Other typical postmodernist questions bear either on the ontology of the literary text itself or on the ontology of the world which it projects, for instance: What is a world?; What kinds of worlds are there, how are they constituted, and how do they differ?; What happens when different kinds of worlds are placed in confrontation, or when boundaries between worlds are violated?; What is the mode of existence of a text, and what is the mode of existence of the world (or worlds) it projects?; How is a projected world structured? And so on." -- Brian McHale, Postmodernist Fiction ( info)