by Guy Haley
Book 2 in the Richards & Klein series, published 2012
Publisher: Angry Robot
The powerful artificial intelligence designated k52 has a plan to take over the world.
If it were to create an artificial reality based on our own universe it could theoretically gain enough data to be able to alter reality itself, turning k52 into the ultimate arbiter of mankind’s fate.
It’s down to Richards and Klein to stop k52 – even though the alternative could be worse!
Omega Point picks up where Reality 36 leaves off. Richards, a Class Five AI, and his cyborg partner Otto Klein, are running for their lives. Richards finds himself trapped in the Reality Realms, derelict remnants of advanced immersive virtual environments that their foe has co-opted for a more nefarious purpose. In the Real World, Otto is forced into an uneasy alliance with the VIA, the agency in charge of watching (and policing) artificial intelligences. If they fail, there’s no telling how many innocent people will lose their lives.
Omega Point has a much more linear plot than the previous book, with Richards & Klein racing against time towards a final boss fight. With Richards & Klein separated for the majority of the book, we get very little banter between the AI and the cyborg.