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World of Warcraft: Timesink of the Gods

By Justina Robson


from The Battle for Azeroth

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This is one essay from the anthology The Battle for Azeroth

Aimed at dedicated fans of the role playing game World of Warcraft, this dynamic collection of essays explores the undying fascination with a game that is a welcome escape from reality for millions of people around the world. Gaming experts, developers and bestselling sci-fi authors examine the overwhelming success of the game and the underlying motivations for gamers to spend, on average, the time equivalent to working a part-time job battling in the world of Azeroth, and address issues ranging from economics and psychology to addiction and game ethics. The outstanding design of the game and the histories of several main characters are also discussed.

Contributors include:

  • James John Bell
  • Nancy Berman
  • Scott Cuthbertson
  • Doranna Durgin
  • Nancy Durgin
  • Jerry Jackson
  • Chris McCubbin
  • Jody Lyn Nye
  • Justina Robson
  • James Ward
  • Mel White

About the Author

Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive and college dean. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company, and designed award-winning board games and role-playing modules. He more recently produced and designed several computer games. As a book packager, a person who prepares series of books from concept to production for major publishers, his company Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged more than 250 books for every major publisher. Bill began his own novel writing with a juvenile series, Swordquest, for Ace SF in the early ’80s and has written several since. The Fleet science fiction series he edited and contributed to with David Drake has become a classic of military science fiction. He has collaborated on several mystery novels as Quinn Fawcett, including the Authorized Mycroft Holmes and Madame Vernet mysteries. His recent works include Making Contact: A UFO Contact Handbook, and a series of books about great mistakes in history: It Seemed Like a Good Idea, You Did What? and How to Lose a Battle. As an anthologist Bill has edited or co-edited more than fifty anthologies.

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About the Author

Justina  Robson

Justina Robson is the author of three internationally critically acclaimed works of science fiction: Silver Screen, Mappa Mundi and Natural History. Her next book is called Living Next Door to the God of Love and is out in late 2005. She occasionally reviews literary SF for the Guardian newspaper and the small press. Her short stories have appeared in the U.K. and U.S. She always wanted to be a writer and made it through years of practice writing TV and film fanfics, so this essay is by way of thanks to all the many happy viewing hours. For more information please go to

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