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
Designing Virtual Worlds, Richard A. Bartle, New Riders 2003
Exodus to the Virtual World: How Online Fun Is Changing Reality, Edward Castronova, Palgrave Macmillan 2008
MMOs from the Inside Out: The History, Design, Fun, and Art of Massively-multiplayer Online Role-playing Games, Richard A. Bartle, Apress 2015
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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"Burroughs's zone, or interzone, is a vast, ramshackle structure in which all the world's architectural styles are are fused and all its races and cultures mingle .... Sometimes it is located in Latin America or North Africa, sometimes (as in The Ticket That Exploded, 1962) on another planet, sometimes (as in Cities of the Red Night,, 1981) in a lost civilization of the distant past. By contrast, Alasdair Gray's zone (in Lanark, 1981), a space of paradox modeled on the Wonderland and Looking-glass worlds of the Alice books, has been displaced to the ambiguous no man's land between cities .... Pynchon's zone is paradignmatic for the heterotopian space of postmodernist writing .... Here ... a large number of fragmentary possible worlds coexist in an impossible space which is associated with occupied Germany, but which is in fact located nowhere but in the written text itself." -- Brian McHale, Postmodernist Fiction ( info)