"Metaverse"—an immersive online world—is a word we're hearing more and more, but what exactly it will be is unclear and unwritten. However it does seem certain that our online experiences will continue to evolve in both expected and unexpected ways. In the thirty years since Neal Stephenson coined the word in his classic novel Snow Crash, writers have run with the concept and envisioned both optimistic and bleak outcomes. The books below explore fictional metaverses and virtual realities that offer opportunity and risk to the protagonists who perilously move between the real world and the online one.
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Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.