Fans of cyberpunk, here’s some good news: Tad Williams’s Otherland series is coming to the big screen!
Warner Brothers just acquired the rights to the entire Otherland series, which is to be made into a set of films. There are four books, set in a futuristic world. Here’s a summary by sciencefiction.com:
The first book revolves around a world where normal people are able to plug themselves into a massive virtual reality simulation known as “The Net”. The Net is sort of like the world of ‘The Matrix’ except that anything can happen. With such a playground at people’s disposal, it’s easy to see why everyone would plug in every day. But The Net may not be all that it seems. Children, who have been plugged into The Net, begin popping up comatose. Now it’s up to Irene “Renie” Sulaweyo, a virtual engineering instructor, to discover the meaning behind the children’s illnesses. As Renie begins pulling strings, a vast tapestry of virtual (and real) conspiracies emerge.
The first film is set to be produced by Dan Lin (who produced the second Sherlock Holmes film), and written by John Scott III. No predicted date has been announced.
Want to read the books before the films come out? The books, in order, are: