The Metaverse Canon: Reading Guide

Jon Radoff
Building the Metaverse
7 min readOct 25, 2021


This is a collection of my favorite articles — including those I’ve written myself and people have found helpful — but many others that have inspired me to think about the convergence of many social and technological trends that will power the metaverse.

Image Credit: Susan Q Yin

If you’re coming up to speed on the metaverse and you’d like to do a deep dive, then scan over the following article links. And if you have others you’d like me to include, I’d love to hear from you.

Main Concepts — Defining the Metaverse

Creator Economy

Games and Gamification

Virtual Identity and Avatars

NFTs, Digital Collectibles & Play-to-Earn

Business and Industry

Blockchain and Decentralized Finance

Walled Gardens vs. Open Platforms

Network Effects

Graphics Technology and Spatial Computing

Machine Intelligence

Software, Servers and Networking

Inspiration from Science Fiction