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Lock in

Scalzi, John (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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 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"--
Authors: Scalzi, John, 1969-
Title: Lock in
Published: New York, NY :, Tor,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 336 pages ;,22 cm.
Notes: "A novel of the near future"--Dust jacket.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Summary: "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"--
Local Note: 1 2
ISBN: 9780765375865
0765375869
Branch Call Number: F SCA
Statement of Responsibility: John Scalzi
Subject Headings: Virus diseases Fiction. Epidemics Fiction. Isolation (Hospital care) Fiction. Virtual reality Fiction.
Genre/Form: Science fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Virus diseases
Epidemics
Isolation (Hospital care)
Virtual reality
LCCN: 2014015247
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Jul 20, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Entertaining blend of science fiction and police procedural, with Scalzi's trademark humor. Thoroughly enjoyable -- and also terrifying.

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