What metaverse means? How is it connecting to cryptocurrencies (NFTs) and to our lives exactly?

We collected the best metaverse books, both fiction and non-fiction to introduce you to this epic vision, maybe the vision of our future.

What metaverse means?

Metaverse means a virtual world that takes place in a computer simulation and includes certain virtual assets and goods. Like use avatars, virtual tools, places, skins or any other equipment. 

Some of the most popular metaverse applications, games or platforms at the moment:

How is it connected to NFTs (crypto assets)?

Cryptocurrencies are virtual payment solutions for mainly virtual goods. The virtual assets in these metaverse games have some kind of value, mainly for their users. It could be represented with a cryptocurrency or NFT. Most of these metaverses have their own cryptocurrency, like ‎Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) in case of game Axie Infinity. These cryptocurrencies enable users to trade their virtual goods which could be also turned into real dollars at the end of the day. 

Why Zuckerberg turns Facebook into Meta?

Mark Zuckerberg has a really similar vision as the book author of Ready Player One (see below) in terms of future.

There are way too many people on earth and our planet turned suddenly into a crowded place. Virtual entertainment became extremely important, millions of people especially in the younger generations spent hours in a day in games like Fortnite, and not just for gaming, but also to keep connections and make friendship with the platform. 

Facebook is a social media platform, but it badly failed in terms of making meaningful connections between people who have no relationship before. Meta would like to change that, it would like provide a more realistic space (platform) where people could meet and play with each other. 

This vision requires a lot of new development, like new generation VR headsets, new 3D engines which could make a virtual space realistic and AR equipment that could link the real life with the virtual one. 

At the end of the day it is more than a bullish project on Mark's side. It requires years of development, and much more years for the users to adapt these equipments and platforms.

Finally let's see the book list for the best metaverse books:

Best Non-fiction Metaverse Books


The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything, by Matthew Ball

(2022)

The is an introductory work about this whole metaverse phenomenon. 

The author claims that metaverse is the next step in the evolution of the Internet, moving from a web of information to a web of experiences. Venture capitalist Matthew Ball predicts that this new “Metaverse” will be the next wave of technological innovation, bringing an unprecedented level of value to our lives. The concept of metaverse will change our very definition of “reality,” influencing every industry and function. 


The Augmented Workforce: How Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make, by Cathy Hackl and John Buzzell

(2021)

A HR focused approach how metaverse and home office will impact our future working habits. Virtualism couldn't be stopped and this is what Facebook (Meta) also visualizes, bending border between the virtual and real office space.

This is the future of technology, and the businesses that embrace it will be the ones to succeed in the future. At the moment we connect via phone with each other, there is no more “end of work hours”. But this will further change in the near future. Hyper-connectivity and AR technologies will play big role in the future work places. 


The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel 

(2016)

Ten years from now, the center of our digital lives will no longer be the smart phone, but gadgets that look like ordinary eyeglasses: except those glasses will have settings for virtual and augmented reality. What you really see and what is computer generated will be mixed so tightly together that we won’t really be able to tell what is real.

Scoble and Israel have written this book in the hope that it will serve as a business thinker’s guidebook to the near future. They hope readers will walk away understanding saying: “Oh, I see what they're talking about now–thanks for explaining that part to me!” Sometimes it's helpful to hear someone else talk about things we don't quite get just yet! They know and understand things and they aren't afraid to share so we ought to listen up.

Best Fiction Metaverse Books


Ready Player One & Two, by Ernest Cline

(2011, 2020)

Ready Player One was really fun and interesting, full of 80's pop culture references, but I did get a little bogged down at the beginning. I enjoyed the story and really liked the way it was told. The story exists not only in form of a book but movie as well. 

The concept of Oasis (the name of the metaverse in the book) was shockingly realistic, and played a huge part in the story. The main character, Wade and his friends were well developed, both in terms of emotions and personal goals. The story in the first book focuses mainly on small quests for the protagonists, in book two the metaverse concept was further developed and the author put together a great plot for this new episode. 


Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

(2000)

In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson combines the visceral power of the action-adventure story, the intellectual appeal of futuristic speculative, and the outlaw sensibilities of the computer hacker to create a maturing vision of an America where realities collide. Set in a time when the United States is at war with a fundamentalist Islamic republic called the Caliphate, the novel follows the intersecting lives of Hiro Protagonist, a motorcycle-riding warrior-hacker, and Y.T., a teenage skateboarder and a brilliant but reckless hacker caught up in a war she does not understand.


Lexicon, by Max Barry

(2014)

Lexicon is a novel that shows how words have power over our minds and bodies well beyond what we might think. In a world where words influence people's thoughts and actions, it impacts how we communicate with each other in daily life. Lexicon explores the true human nature, vulnerability, and our desires for privacy. This novel causes you to think about the way society treats technology at large, and how much power it has to change us just as much as we want to change.


Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

(1985)

Recruited by officials for intensive training, Ender begins his life on Earth in an environment full of surprises. He thinks he is merely joining the military academy at Ender but instead he has been recruited for Command School, a temporary battle training simulation located on Earth. Once on Earth, Ender trains rapidly and proves to be exceptionally talented in his new home! 

Orson Scott Card's original story strongly connects to the metaverse concept. The military training program, where the candidates have to successfully solve several military simulations is so real and lifelike that from readers points of view you couldn't identify the difference between simulation and reality.

After three months of rigorous training, some of the cadets begin to ask, what lies beyond Command School? After all it's only a school meant to prepare them for real world circumstances. 

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article about the best metaverse books. The metaverse is a virtual world where users can create an avatar and interact with others. The best metaverse books help readers to learn more about the metaverse and its history. With the right metaverse books, you can learn a lot about this virtual world and even be inspired to create your own virtual world. So what are you waiting for?

We hope you will find the perfect match among these metaverse books!