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Head On

(2018)
(The second book in the Lock In series)
A novel by

 
 
"As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Cannell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty - most of them in someone else's body." (USA Today)

John Scalzi returns with Head On, the stand-alone follow-up to the New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it.

Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

Is it an accident or murder? FBI agents and Haden-related crime investigators Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are called in to uncover the truth - and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-4328-5323-6 / 978-1-4328-5323-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock in)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 0-7653-8891-X / 978-0-7653-8891-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Head On: A Novel of the Near Future
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 0-7653-8893-6 / 978-0-7653-8893-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Head On
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-5098-3510-5 / 978-1-5098-3510-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Head On
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-5098-3511-3 / 978-1-5098-3511-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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Audio Editions

December 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson) (Lock In)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-72137-297-0 / 978-1-72137-297-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) (Lock In)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-72134-911-1 / 978-1-72134-911-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Head on (Lock in)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-978642-70-9 / 978-1-978642-70-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Head On
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor
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April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock in)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Books
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