This Is Not a Game: A Novel
by Walter Jon Williams
Review by Steve Sawicki
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316003155
Date: 24 March 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
This is only the second novel that I've read that really plays with the technology that we are all messing around with today. In this case the novel revolves around the gaming world, or, more specifically, the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. The twist is that the game takes place spread out over cyberspace rather that on a specific web site. So, for example, gamers might get clues that certain blogs contain info they need for game resolution. Williams takes it beyond that though, to include real world events; everything from players receiving cell phone calls and emails to getting invitations to mass real time events such as wedding or concerts. From official release/information:
Product Description: Once upon a time, there were four of them. And though each was good at a number of things, all of them were very good at games...