« on: October 01, 2014, 03:31:02 PM »
Just finished Lock In, by John Scalzi. I listened to the audio version, which was narrated by Wil Wheaton (who is awesome, btw). The story is set in the near future: The world is recovering from the spread of a virus that has killed millions of people and left others as "lock ins"--individuals who are conscious, but have no volitional control of their bodies. After the initial containment, the government and industry develop ways for lock ins to interact in the word via remote-controlled robots or to interact in virtual communities. That is the context around which Scalzi develops a clever murder mystery. This is an excellent story--it is suspenseful, the characters are interesting, there are a few twists, and the the way the science fiction is worked out is at exactly the right depth (i.e., one step ahead of the reader and in ways that open up the possibilities in creative ways).