Ernest Cline, Ready Player One.
Not strictly academic, I know, but this gets a mention just for being so fantastic. I hadn’t read a proper fiction book in a long time and wanted a distraction now that I’ve got more spare time. This book was so gripping I finished it within two days. Needless to say I don’t know what to do with myself now it’s over.
There’ll be no spoilers, don’t worry!
The reason it’s not ‘strictly’ academic is because it highlights some interesting themes – and so is not totally out of place on this blog. These include:
- The idea of dreams within dreams, or games within games within games.
- The nature of reality, in a general sense. .
- Whether or not it matters that we are not ‘directly’ experiencing X, Y or Z. Plus, do certain types of experience have more value than others?
- The dangers of a society so immersed in an online world.
This is just a short article, and that’s deliberate. Hopefully YOU will develop a discussion of these points down in the comments. Regardless of whether or not you’ve read the book. (But if you haven’t already … read it!).