You may have seen that there’s a lot of talk about the metaverse, What it is, what it could possibly be, and its implications for humanity. Well, in this article, I want to share few books with you that describe the Metaverse first time. And few books that explain the current position and future of the metaverse.
The Metaverse is a concept explored in many books, movies, and other media. One book that is often credited as an inspiration for the Metaverse concept is “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson. In this science fiction novel, the Metaverse is a virtual reality world with which people can interact using their brains and specialized technology.
This book Snow Crash, Predates, Ready Player One and also The Matrix. So I believe the guys, the Wachowski brothers who created The Matrix and Ernest Klein who wrote Ready Player One that we’ll get to was heavily influenced by this book.
The Metaverse is described as a place where people can live out their wildest dreams, and it plays a central role in the story. Other books and works of media that have explored similar concepts include “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline and the movie “The Matrix.”
The concept is not new: The term metaverse was coined in 1992 by author Neal Stephenson in his sci-fi novel Snow Crash, and work on the technologies that underpin a virtual reality-based internet date back decades (see metaverse history timeline below) (see metaverse history timeline below).
Summary of the Book Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson?
Snow Crash is a science fiction novel by Neal Stephenson, published in 1992. Like many of Stevenson’s novels, it covers history, linguistics, anthropology, archeology, religion, computer science, politics, cryptography, memetics and philosophy. It is set in a near-future society dominated by virtual reality, where people spend much of their time plugged into the Metaverse, a virtual world accessed via the internet. The novel’s protagonist is Hiro Protagonist, a hacker and former member of the Crips street gang who works as a courier and is also an expert swordsman in the Metaverse.
The story follows Hiro as he tries to stop a virus known as Snow Crash from infecting the Metaverse and taking over the minds of its users. Along the way, he encounters various characters, including a Mafia-controlled pizza delivery company, a powerful virtual reality entrepreneur, and a young girl who is a skilled programmer and warrior in the Metaverse. The novel explores themes of individualism, free will, and the effects of technology on society.
What are The Books Mentioned Metaverse?
The Metaverse is depicted as a fully immersive and interactive digital environment where users can interact with each other and with virtual objects and spaces as if they were in the real world. The Metaverse has since become a popular concept in science fiction and technology circles, and it has been referenced in a number of other books, including:
- “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline – This novel, published in 2011, is set in a near-future society where people spend most of their time plugged into the OASIS, a virtual reality world that is similar to the Metaverse.
- The second book I’d like to share with you is The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster. The Machine Stops is a science fiction short story by Em. Forster. After initial publication in the Oxford and Cambridge Review in November 1909. The story was republished in forster’s The Eternal Moment and Other Stories in 1928. The story set in a world where humanity lives underground and relies on a giant machine to provide its needs, predicted technologies similar to instant messaging and the internet.
- “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” by Cory Doctorow – This novel, published in 2003, is set in a future society where people can upload their consciousness into a virtual world known as the Bitchun Society, which is similar to the Metaverse.
- “The Matrix” by William F. Wu – This novel, published in 1996, is based on the film of the same name and explores the concept of a virtual reality world that is created by artificial intelligence and used to control humanity. The virtual world in “The Matrix” is similar to the Metaverse in that it is fully immersive and interactive.
- Altered Carbon is a 2002 cyberpunk novel by the English writer Richard K. “Altered Carbon” by Richard K. Morgan. This novel, published in 2002, is set in a future where people can transfer their consciousness into different bodies and where a virtual world known as the “Stacks” exists.
- “The Diamond Age” by Neal Stephenson – This novel, published in 1995, is set in a future where nanotechnology has advanced to the point where people can create and manipulate matter at the atomic level. The novel features a virtual world known as the “Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” that is designed to educate and raise a young girl.
- “The Virtual Life of Fizzy O’Shea” by Rachel Roberts – This novel, published in 2011, is set in a future where people can enter a virtual world known as the “Oasis” and experience a variety of different lives and realities.
- “In the Beginning…Was the Command Line” by Neal Stephenson – This non-fiction book, published in 1999, explores the history and future of computers and the internet, and it touches on the concept of virtual reality worlds like the Metaverse.
If you want to understand the implications of the metaverse and what it could become, read these books to get a deeper understanding of metaverse.
|#||List of book talks about Metaverse?||Author||Year Published|
|1||Snow Crash||Neal Stephenson||1992|
|2||The Machine Stops||E. M. Forster||2010|
|3||Ready Player One||Ernest Cline||2011|
|4||Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom||Cory Doctorow||2003|
|5||The Matrix||William F. Wu||1996|
|6||Altered Carbon||Richard K. Morgan||2002|
|7||The Diamond Age||Neal Stephenson||1995|
|8||The Virtual Life of Fizzy O’Shea||Rachel Roberts||2011|
|9||In the Beginning…Was the Command Line||Neal Stephenson||1999|
The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster was Originally published in November 1909. And Then Stephenson’s Snow Crash.
If you’re interested in the metaverse, you should read any of these books.