Waiting on: Lock in

Hello again, John Scalzi. It’s me, yes, individual #328955359 who enjoyed your Old Man’s War books.  I wasn’t crazy about award-winning Redshirts, but I had fun with Agent to the stars and Fuzzy nation.  I treasure anything that makes me giggle, so I pay attention.  Apparently, your upcoming book is set to push even more of my buttons.

I mean.  This is the blurb:

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But “complicated” doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery – and the real crime – is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected.


Virus! Terrible epidemic! Borrowing bodies! Even bigger than imagined!   If you’re not already imagining me rocking back and forth, hugging my knees, making a keening noise of appreciative anticipation, you may do so.  Please, add a cat to the picture. Add five cats.   Lock in is pre-ordered and will arrive in my hands on the 26th of August.

Here’s a bunch of exerpts and the short story Unlocked: An oral history of Haden’s syndrome.


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