Julian Dibbell has been writing about online culture for nearly two decades. He is the author of two books about online worlds, Play Money: Or How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot (Basic, 2006) and My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World (Henry Holt, 1999). He has written essays and articles about hackers, computer viruses, online communities, encryption technologies, music pirates, and the heady cultural, political, and philosophical questions that tie these and other digital-age phenomena together. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.