John Scalzi - LOCK IN

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780765375865
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: Tor Books - August 26th, 2014

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 themselves “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....

John Scalzi's LOCK IN is a novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction.