Monday, June 13, 2011
I'm a big fan of Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, which presents a more original, idea and complex concept of magic than the Harry Potter series. In Omnitopia Dawn, Duane launches an unrelated new series (trilogy?) for adults, centered around a truly massive multiplayer online role-playing game called Omnitopia. Omnitopia is a little like World of Warcraft, but with over a 100 different "universes" to accommodate far more than standard fantasy--science fiction, Second Life-style quasi-realism, player-created worlds, etc., can all be found within its ranks. The story concerns an attempt by outside rivals to destroy Omnitopia by hacking into it and bringing the entire system down. It's an entertaining, interesting story, though the main characters are a little too obviously "good guys" and "bad guys" with little moral complexity.