Award-winning writer and bestselling author John Scalzi is also an active and passionate voice in the fan community, mostly through his long-running blog titled “Whatever.” With the Hugo, the Locus, the Seiun and Kurd Lasswitz awards under his belt, and with books available in 20 languages, Scalzi has become one of the most recognized voices in speculative fiction. Lock In, his newest novel set fifteen years in the future, finds the population split by a nasty virus, with one percent being “locked in”: fully aware yet unable to move or speak. When new technology allows for those locked in to communicate with others, and at times control others, things get complicated . . . especially when murder is involved.
Lock In is our September Fantastic First Pick for Speculative Fiction.
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Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselvs “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.
Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.
This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....
About the Author
John Scalzi is one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts; which won 2013’s Hugo Award for Best Novel. Material from his widely read blog The Whatever (whatever.scalzi.com) has also earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.