For this week’s podcast I had the good fortune of interviewing two people who are both New York Times bestselling authors and who are also both trailblazers in the world of publishing, Cory Doctorow and Seth Godin.
Cory and I talked about:
The world of gold farming depicted in For the Win; in 2008 there were roughly 400,000 people making a living in the developing world from doing repetitive tasks in online gaming worlds to amass game currency and goods to sell to players in the developed world;
Why the gold farming world was a great setting for a story of global labour activism;
Writing about virtual and real worlds, and how those people experience life and experience games;
Using the dynamics of science fiction to explain the invisible technology of economics;
The war on kids who are being pushed out of society’s real spaces on the one hand, and restricted from virtual spaces as well;