Book of the Week – Second Life The Official Guide

Second Life is a virtual world created by its inhabitants, it is as close to Stephensons view of the Metaverse in the seminal novel Snow Crash as you can currently get.

The Official Guide provides a step by step insight into the world of Second Life making it a recommend read before you actually download the software and experience the environment yourself.

Such environments age quickly and in some ways with this book you are buying a snapshot of the history of Virtual Worlds. In a few years we will look back at such environments with amazement at their simplicity but for now we can enter the Metaverse, design our own Avatars and take part in the digital experience that is Second Life.

You can buy the guide via our Amazon’s Associate store, if you do let us know your Second Life user name, via the email link in our side bar, and we’ll link up with you in the world to answer any questions you may have…

If you don’t have a clue what Second Life or the Metaverse is – then we recommend you read Neal Stephensons Snow Crash and then Second Life the Official Guide.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. James Holloway - March 26, 2007

    I don’t think it is available in the states, but Tim Guest’s Second Lives is also well worth a look.

  2. Andy - March 26, 2007

    Seem that Tims book is out April 27th from what i can find.. looks interesting.

    I’ve put a link on the amazon site for preorder should anyone wish..


  3. James Holloway - March 26, 2007

    Yeah, I’m going on the strength of his ‘Guest Column’ in Edge magazine which focuses on peristant worlds and frequently on Second Life.

  4. Art Of Suriname - October 7, 2007

    Try this book on how to make 3000 linden dollars in an hour,only if you work hard

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