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date: 30 March 2017

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

When I first started this project in 2010, I proposed a modest anthology of 21 chapters almost all of which dealt with aspects of virtuality in online worlds. By the time the proposal had been through the hands of several reviewers, had been resubmitted to Oxford University Press, and had successfully solicited its contributors, the plan called for 44 chapters, excluding introduction and afterword, and this is the version you now have in your hands, a volume of approximately 330,000 words. My first thanks, therefore, go to these anonymous reviewers for pushing me to expand the ambitions of this book beyond its initial, lamentably limited horizons. Any book is ultimately dependent on the consistent high quality of its writing, a consistency you will find here, but an anthology is no less dependent upon the willingness of its many contributors to meet deadlines and to respond positively to the editor’s suggestions. My thanks, therefore, to the many authors who have collaborated with me in bringing this project to life and expanding my own horizons; I set sail in 2010 intending to keep to those seas I was reasonably familiar with and have ended, in 2013, having navigated what are, for me, uncharted oceans of thinking on virtuality. In addition to an internal review process, there has also been an external reviewing process; my gratitude to the reviewers for their thorough work and thoughtful comments. Thanks are also due those staff and employees of Oxford University Press—Molly Davis, Sunoj Sankaran, and other anonymous persons—who have worked efficiently and tirelessly behind the scenes carrying out the important work of chapter collation, design, copy-editing, and a myriad other tasks I know little about. Finally, my heartfelt thanks must go to my commissioning editor Norman Hirschy for guiding my editorial efforts and displaying the rare talent of being able to furnish comments that flatter and burnish my ego while, at one and the same time, gently but firmly correcting my missteps. (p. xii)