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Lock In

(2014)
(The first book in the Lock In series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves 'locked in' - fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

1% doesn't seem like a lot. But in the US 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 fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, 'The Agora', where the locked-in can interact with other humans, whether locked-in ornot. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, allowing those who are locked in to occasionally '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 ...

Genre: Science Fiction
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April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lock In (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-4104-7834-3 / 978-1-4104-7834-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2014 : UK Hardback

Title: Lock In
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 0-575-13432-1 / 978-0-575-13432-4 (UK edition)
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August 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 0-7653-7586-9 / 978-0-7653-7586-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lock In
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 0-575-13435-6 / 978-0-575-13435-5 (UK edition)
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August 2015 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 0-7653-8132-X / 978-0-7653-8132-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lock In
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 0-575-13434-8 / 978-0-575-13434-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

October 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-5012-6206-8 / 978-1-5012-6206-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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December 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-5012-2158-2 / 978-1-5012-2158-3 (USA edition)
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December 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
ISBN: 1-5012-1544-2 / 978-1-5012-1544-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
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August 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


August 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lock In
Author(s): John Scalzi
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August 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock In Series Book 1)
Author(s): John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Books
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