I spent almost three days at the San Francisco Writers Conference this weekend. It was excellent. There were some superb presentations in workshops, particularly by Tee Morris and Rusty Shelton, and Donald Maass made some very perceptive comments about genre that I welcomed, but I was surprised that not a single person I spoke with the entire time knew what a virtual world is or had even heard of Second Life.
I guess people see virtual worlds in movies and think it’s all science fiction. They don’t have a clue that for millions of us, including many schools, universities, businesses, and artists, virtual worlds are a daily reality. A revolution is happening, and people don’t see it… yet.