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Table of Contents: PRESS START TO PLAY edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams

In August, Vintage will release Press Start to Play, an anthology edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams.

Here’s the synopsis (via
Achievement unlocked! In the spirit of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, here are twenty-six works of fiction that put video games—and the people who play them—in the spotlight. Whether these authors are tackling the humble pixelated coin-op arcade games of the 70s and 80s, or the vivid, immersive form of entertainment that abounds today, you’ll never look at phrases like “save point,” “first-person shooter,” “dungeon crawl,” “pwned,” or “kill screen,” in quite the same way again.

Here’s the table of contents (larger cover image follows):

  1. Foreword—Ernest Cline
  2. Introduction—John Joseph Adams
  3. God Mode—Daniel H. Wilson
  4. NPC—Charles Yu
  5. Respawn—Hiroshi Sakurazaka (translated by Nathan Collins)
  6. Desert Walk—S.R. Mastrantone
  7. Rat Catcher’s Yellows—Charlie Jane Anders
  8. 1Up—Holly Black
  9. Survival Horror—Seanan McGuire
  10. REAL—Django Wexler
  11. Outliers—Nicole Feldringer
  12. <end game>—Chris Avellone
  13. Save Me Plz—David Barr Kirtley (reprint)
  14. The Relive Box—T.C. Boyle (reprint)
  15. Roguelike—Marc Laidlaw
  16. All of the People in Your Party Have Died—Robin Wasserman
  17. RECOIL!—Micky Neilson
  18. Anda’s Game—Cory Doctorow (reprint)
  19. Coma Kings—Jessica Barber (reprint)
  20. Stats—Marguerite K. Bennett
  21. Please Continue—Chris Kluwe
  22. Creation Screen—Rhianna Pratchett
  23. The Fresh Prince of Gamma World—Austin Grossman
  24. Gamer’s End—Yoon Ha Lee
  25. The Clockwork Soldier—Ken Liu (reprint)
  26. Killswitch—Catherynne M. Valente (reprint)
  27. Twarrior—Andy Weir
  28. Select Character—Hugh Howey


About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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