The world of
Second Life is one that is constantly being created by those who live inside it, where everything from the buildings and robots, to the texture of an avatar’s skin, to the way an avatar moves, is something designed by another player.
It is a world which has no story, yet at the same time it is a thousand stories all at once.
And there are dance clubs everywhere.
I love the bizarre cultures that have developed here. Furries and faeries, sex maniacs and sci-fi fans, Lindens and hackers. . .
It’s a different game for everyone who plays it.
Second Life is such an expansive and constantly changing world, so filled with sci-fi madness, that it has grown its own branch of journalism just to document what happens inside. Below are some of the more interesting pieces of
Second Life writing I’ve come across since beginning the game.
New World Notes
A Crisis of Faith
Evolving Nemo – Artifical Intelligence and Cyber-Fish
Made in Japan
Ants and A.I.
Second Life an Al Qaeda
Wandering Sentient A.I. Bot Hal
How Many Species of Artificial Life are there in Second Life
His Current Brain is Scaled Down for Testing Purposes
April – The Bot Who Learns as You Speak to Her
A Rustic Place Called Mocha
What Artificial Cat Prowls Second Life So Elusively?
A Map of Second Life and a Map of San Francisco
The U.S. Army’s Virtual Island for Amputee Veterans in Second Life
An Unvarnished Tour of Religion in Second Life
Botgirl – The Avatar Who Woke Up in Second Life
The Soul of Second Life
How Intelligent Have Second Life A.I.s Become?
Philip Rosedale Attempting to Create Sentient Artificial Intelligence that Thinks and Dreams in Second Life Final Fantasy VII
Warren Ellis – Second Life Sketches
A Rain of Cubes
The Girl with Error-Message Eyes
Helicopters Hang in the Air
Penthouse to Pavement
A Night on the Grid
The Art of War
Please Stop Doing That to the Cat
Let’s Put the Future Behind Us
The Lay of the Land
The Island of Lost Souls Drive My Car
The Alphaville Herald
Private Eyes for Hire in Second Life
Alliance Navy Base Becomes Furry Death Camp
Is the Founder of The Second Life Liberation Army Part of A Corporate Spy Firm?
Interview with BallerMoMo
Estonia Annexed by Soviet Woodbury
Casino Owner Unimpressed with Crackdown
Ginko Financial’s End-Game
Has One Song Returned to Re-Start the Second Jessie War? A History of The Second Jessie War
Yoko Ono and Virtual Peace
Virtualism – A Movement for A New World
A Search for Second Life Culture or Omphaloskepsis
Ramadan in Second Life
The Disneyland Sim
A Tour of the Virtual Reproductive System
The Top Four Pandoras from Avatar in Second Life
To The Moon Parapsychology Research Center to Open in Second Life
A fair amount of books, both fiction and non-fiction, have been published on Second Life. Here is a list of some of the best.
Alter Ego: Avatars and their Creators
Una Tragicomica Second Life – Cellule staminali dell’anima (Italian Edition)
ANIMA: a novel about Second Life
Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
Second Life: The Official Guide
Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries: Librarians and Educators in Second Life and Other Multi-User Virtual Environments
I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life
Creating Your World: The Official Guide to Advanced Content Creation for Second Life
Scripting Your World: The Official Guide to Second Life Scripting
The Making of Second Life: Notes from the New World The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid that Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse
There is lot of excellent
machinima being produced in Second Life as well.
For those just starting out in this world, I recommend gothic
Transylvania, the steampunk cities of Caledon and New Babbage, the mysterious oracle beneath the temple in Svarga, or Insilico, the coolest cyberpunk city in Second Life since the fall of Nexus Prime.
Electric Children island is coming soon. . .