After his avant-garde Pirandello-esque novel, Real Life, Ilja Pfeijffer decided to try out other lives, namely Se- cond Life, a multi-player virtual world accessed via the internet. Economists are fascinated by Second Life which has its own parallel economy and is inhabited by 6 million people world-wide as well as many top name commercial companies, banks, universities and employment agencies. In Second Life you can do anything, be anyone. For some it is a nerd’s paradise with a thriving sex industry and an island where Dungeons and Dra- gons comes to life, for others it is the future.
Written as weekly journalist dispatches from the inside, Pfeijffer explores the fascinating alternative world of Second Life and asks himself what we are doing there, why we are doing it and what is tells us about First Life.