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Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
Set in the near future, this book shows one direction in which massive multiplayer online games could evolve, and does it in a way that eschews most of the science fiction clichés that come with sentient computers. Dev Logan is a charming protagonist who is surrounded by a memorable supporting cast — and best of all, this is the first book of a planned series set in this world.
In the near future, practically everyone plays online games. And none is more influential or popular than Dev Logan’s Omnitopia, a truly massive and multiplayer gaming experience. Told from the perspective of several major and minor characters during the days prior to a major upgrade to the system, Dev discovers something about his creation that he’s never suspected: it’s sentient and alive.
It’s also in terrible danger, for the very popularity of Omnitopia makes it the biggest target for hackers and rival software companies. Dev’s job is suddenly vastly more complex than keeping the servers up and running — it’s also to keep Omnitopia alive. (DAW, Aug., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: August 2010