By Diane Duane
A near-future techno-thriller from New York Times bestselling writer Diane Duane.
It's the 1st sector of the twenty-first century, and "massively multiplayer" online video games were round for a few many years. In an more and more stressed out and computer-friendly international they've develop into a sort of leisure so well known they're giving tv and flicks a run for the cash. And the preferred gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by way of genius programmer Dev Logan.
For thousands of individuals all over the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate hobby, virtually a life-style. Omnitopia is a digital position the place goals come true-players can create their very own universes in the game's constitution, and perform the earnings if their piece of the universe is a success. Ten million avid gamers repeatedly play in Omnitopia, and at any given time, approximately one million of them are online, dwelling in a global extra genuine to them then their very own.
world wide, Omnitopia is now as a lot a tradition as a online game. individuals can get involved in it in 100 other ways. a few online game as though their lives trusted it, spending millions of hours, or hundreds of thousands of bucks, or either, on quests looking for "game glory" between their fellow avid gamers. a few online game simply to procure adequate in-game "value" to develop into entitled to turn into subcreators themselves, in a position to construct new degrees and begin raking within the so-called "one percentage of infinity" that is the leveler's percentage of the gains. yet there also are those who don't video game in any respect, who prefer to exploit the big platform just to discover its worlds, or to have interaction with different members. a few humans do not anything yet layout online guns and different goods for Omnitopia avid gamers, and promote them-or act as agents, trading video game artifacts to reserve. a few subcreators do an analogous form of layout and construction, yet for adapted Microcosms or slices of them: those are the "unreal estate" purchasers. a few avid gamers speculate in online game "gold" at the luck or acclaim for Microcosms, instead of truly taking part in in them. and naturally there are thieves and swindlers, cheaters who reside to discover the loophole within the online game that would outdoor it within the genuine global.
Now Dev and his individuals are getting ready to rollout an immense new enlargement to the Omnitopia procedure. or even as gamers, employees, the media, and the heavy hitters at the global monetary scene wait eagerly for this fast-approaching and momentous occasion, there are others getting ready to play a really assorted game-one that's intended to strike on the middle of Omnitopia and produce the total approach crashing down....