Omni Reign is an adventurous science-fiction novel set in a future where Omni, an all-encompassing artificial superintelligence, governs humanity. To generate fair democratic votes, Omni lets its people constantly observe each other and reads out everyone’s emotions.
When Mark’s robotic surgeon botches up a cosmetic body modification, his peers blame him for killing his client. Voted out of society, he is to be suspended in an eternal virtual dream so he won’t ever hurt anyone again. But what if he ignored appropriate medical protocols and hacked together a procedure to revive his client and save his own skin?
In Omni Reign, neither artificial superintelligence nor meta-verse-like experiences or robots destroy. They all work more or less as advertised, which might seem like a utopian future for some. But on an individual level, problems certainly still exist, and human extinction is by no means off the table.
Go down as a nobody or go through with an invention that elevates or destroys humanity? Cyberpunk in the age of AI government, quantum computing, blockchain, metaverse, social credit, and transhumanist medicine.
Targeted Age Group:: New Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Inspiration came from the rising importance of social media in our everyday offline lives — from job hunting to elections — and the development of blockchain systems that allow unique identifications for created content. These socio-technological developments inspired the question: What if we voted directly about everything? Would this lead to a fair and peaceful world? During my first draft, I concluded that instant voting about every experience would come from an emotional reaction, like spontaneous tweets or the quick click on a like button. From there, the story grew. People would need to look the part if they wanted their peers to upvote them. So my main character became a medical professional tasked with designing cosmetic body modifications. To allow everyone a chance to vote about everything, everyone needed the means to observe everything — thus, the “vue” bidirectional screen came into existence. And from there, with the pitfalls that come with every technical solution, the plot developed.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In Omni Reign, medicine developed into a mix of health and beauty services that allow altering physiologies like people use filters on their social media imagery. This completely topples the meaning of gender and race as we discuss it today. You can be anything after a quick visit to a mod-shop, where you get your looks modified in a session comparable to what you get from a dental hygienist. So, in Omni Reign, discerning categories like gender and race are replaced by peer groups. You want your looks to match your peers' tastes to get their upvotes. This scenario called for a diverse cast — while keeping genders and race ambiguous.
Without spoiling too much: the main protagonists are an amorphous medical professional, a seductive rebel, a herculean techie, and a class quantum physicist.
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