[Reading] ➰ Lock In ➸ John Scalzi – Horse-zine.co.uk

Lock In pdf Lock In, ebook Lock In, epub Lock In, doc Lock In, e-pub Lock In, Lock In 7fd840b6a08 A Blazingly Inventive Near Future Thriller From The Best Selling, Hugo Award Winning John ScalziNot 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 ChallengeA 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 ComplicatedBut 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

10 thoughts on “Lock In

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    I ve read pretty much everything John Scalzi has written at this point, so when I pick up one of his books, I don t expect anything in particular I just know he s going to take me somewhere, and I trust that he s going to make the ride a pleasant one Even so, I was a little surprised by this book In some ways it s sci fi but not rocketships and lasers sci fi In other ways it s a mystery, but not the Victorian style Sherlock sort of thing It s also kind of a police procedural Maybe a bit of a thriller I dunno Honestly, I d hesitate to classify this book as one particular thing, which means it s sufficiently complex to be a story in its own right, and not just some generic genre knock off A good thing In a change of pace for me, I didn t read the texty print version of this book Instead I listened to the Audiobook narrated by Amber Benson That added a lot to the experience for me, and made me realize just how far I have to go as a narrator myself And I don t mean that I listened to it, thinking Yay I love Amber Benson Though I do She s a much better narrator than that, her own voice doesn t intrude into the story The truth is, I constantly forgot she was the one narrating it That s impressive skill at work Was the book worth my time Absolutely Like all good speculative fiction it started with an interesting premise and followed that premise through to to reasonable but unexpected permutations It s clever, thoughtful, funny, and had some good action to boot P.S Scalzi did something interesting with the audio of this book, and had two versions recorded One read by Amber Benson One read by Wil Wheaton Has anyone out there listened to the Wheaton version Or both of them How do they compare

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    This one is going to be made into a movie, sooner rather than later Go ahead and call Fandango and decide which candy goes best with your buttered popcorn Junior Mints I would not be at all surprised if Scalzi did not have some preliminary discussions with Hollywood.Lock In is a delicious combination of Philip K Dick and Isaac Asimov with Scalzi s signature snarky characterization and dialogue This is also vaguely reminiscent of Poul Anderson s Harvest of Stars books where consciousness can be loaded onto a computer android.Essentially what has happened is a global pandemic, which has killed 400 million and left many millions locked in meaning that they are left in a sleep like condition But the locked in sleepers brain patterns have been altered in such a way as they are able to remotely enter another person, and share experiences with the host The sleeper, known as a Haden, after the stricken First Lady of the United States, can also use an android called a personal transport, popularly known as a threep, after Star Wars C3 P0.Scalzi uses this foundation to describe a murder mystery amidst the changed landscape Told from the perspective of an FBI agent who is also a Haden and who uses a threep to get around who investigates some strange deaths.The author also describes a virtual world called the Agora where Hadens can gather and mingle In this sense, he has effectively created an allegory for the Gamer generation, with a symbolic rejection of the physical world in favor of online spiritual The acceptance of the Agora as an acceptable alternative to the physical world is akin to Ready Player One and or Neuromancer Scalzi has some fun by showing our hero s virtual room as like the Batcave, since he retreats to his dark lair to ponder on and solve crime.Smart, fun, and intelligently crafted, Scalzi s 2014 publication should have been high in the running for a Hugo.

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    3.5 4 stars.When I first started reading this book I was so confused I thought I was going to give up Then my friend Mike came to my rescue explaining that there is a novella to this book up at Tor I really think that part needs added to this book, it s very hard to figure out what s going on without it.Once I read that I was sucked into this book.A flu type virus has been transmitted globally At first it starts flu like, if you survive that the second stage is very much like meningitis, and then the third stage if you make it that far..you are locked in Your mind is fine but your body is totally incapable of movement of any kind The virus is named Haden after the first lady who contacted the disease Speed forward twenty five years or so Haden s are the virus victims who are locked in their bodies However, science has progressed and they are able to inhabit a robot type device called threeps You have humans that are able to also host the Haden s into their bodies called Integrators.This book is very innovative and I thought I hated Sci fi The writing in this book was fun and fast paced The plot was pretty much wrapped up before the end but I still loved each and every second of it I hope the author does a series because I ll be there grabbing it up I recieved an Arc of this book from Netgalley and Tor in exchange for an honest review Thanks Shit eta. I m a so called goodreads bully Scalzi wrote a post taking up for us I should give this book a five because I found his post Frigging yes

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    My enjoyment of this book is probably unduly influenced by the narrator, a certain Will Wheaton, who pulled off yet another hat trick with his friend John Scalzi What can I say I m a fan of both So how does that allow me to rank a tale on a tale s own merits It doesn t Alas I just had a good time no matter what sigh So what s this about Telepresence It s a novel about telepresence Yeah, yeah, there s the horrible brain re writing virus and the people who weren t hit so hard with it, allowing those people who were locked in in their bodies to experience remotely through someone else, and then there s also the robot waldos for the rest of the body locked victims and here we ve got a changed world and plenty of interesting possibilities opened up to us.Like MURDER.Yup Police procedural, done STRANGE But don t just assume that Scalzi does a paint by numbers We ve got political intrigue, classism, culturalism, and just plain prejudice going on here Did I enjoy the snags that came along with having remote bodies Hell yeah.This is classic SF made modern and snappy and timely There s even a bit of a virtual reality politics going on here Now, certainly, I can t continue without giving a shout out to another one of my favorite authors that did something very similar, and did it well More than a decade ago, David Brin s Kiln People brought up a lot of these great ideas already and even turned it into a great gumshoe yarn, but let me be clear These two aren t the same kinds of tales So many of the outward robot people and the fact that they re both police or private eye tales might make it seem so, but in truth, the two are quite different in particulars BUT If you like one, I do need to tell you that you ll like both A side note This audiobook came with a great novella that outlined, in epistolary form, the outbreak and the technological and political realities that created the world of Lock In I personally thought that it might be better than the actual novel It was fascinating to see the transformation of the world one sequence at a time.

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    If you ever want a morbid exercise to kill some time, imagine living through this full consciousness, full comprehension and the complete inability to control your body, a physical paralysis that does not affect your mind, a complete and total helplessness that does not even provide you with a merciful unawareness but instead leaves you just lying there, conscious but immobile and unable to communicate.This is what hell is like, I d imagine imprisonment within your own self This is what living with a locked in syndrome is like If you re not up to reading articles about it, try The Diving Bell and the Butterfly A Memoir of Life in Death it gives you a good idea of what it s like John Scalzi takes the idea of locked in syndrome and imagines a world few decades in the future where, due to a pretty indiscriminate pandemic virus, it strikes a significant proportion of the population, forcing people to a care and b pump insane amounts of funds and technology into the research hard not to, given that even the a First Lady succumbs to the disease, and the toddler of a media darling cum real estate tycoon, and so there s no shortage of cash flowing into the search for a solution And so the affected, those with the locked in syndrome now known as Hadens, after the former First Lady Mrs Haden eventually are able to resume their lives through neural networks implanted in their brains enabling them to communicate and basically download their consciousness into androids colloquially referred to as threeps , after C3PO, of course , resulting in a huge community of people leading their existence outside of their human shells, discovering that physical and virtual existence can feel quite the same if you are a Haden For a Haden the nonphysical world is as real as the physical one And suddenly what happens is the emergence of a completely new community, people of all walks of life regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, socio economic status, beliefs suddenly becoming distinct from everyone else, by necessity forming their own community of alikes , the quickest creation of another human race or even species, one can say Officially they are victims , a view that is becoming unpopular with many a taxpayer and politician, but also with quite a few in the Haden community as well as they progress to living full lives, not quite really constrained by their condition Difference or disease Depends on the where you stand Bring us back from what, exactly Hubbard said From a community of five million people in the U.S and forty million worldwide From an emerging culture that interacts with but is independent of the physical world, with its own concerns, interests, and economy You re aware that a large number of Hadens have no memory of the physical world at all, aren t you In Scalzi s book this new world of conventional humans and Hadens is in disquiet A controversial law has passed, severely limiting government assistance for the Hadens, cutting the enormous flow of social support that many of taxpayers have found, well, taxing a frequent sentiment in the US, as we know A Haden march on Washington DC is about to happen And a series of strange crimes linked to a few prominent Hadens and the Integrators a select few people able through specialized neural networks to allow a Haden s consciousness to basically hitch a ride in an Integrator s body swipes through Washington Chris Shane, one of the most prominent Hadens by the virtue of being a child of a celebrity real estate tycoon, is a rookie FBI agent involved in the investigation of these crimes with his partner Leslie Vann and he has his android hands quite full very quickly Today I fought with a ninja threep, saw two women view the last video from a dead relative, had a woman explode twenty feet from me, and watched my dad kill an intruder with a shotgun I took a cup and poured the bourbon into it If I had any sense I d take this bottle and attach it to my intake tube It was my second Scalzi book first was Redshirts , and so far it s been two for two for me Apparently Scalzi s style, confident cleverness and the ability to integrate humor and seriousness in the way that seems juuuust right works for me quite well It does a splendid job at seamlessly integrating a sci fi story with a police procedural, making it a fun and thrilling ride It s well plotted and moves smoothly along even though at times a little too smoothly, sliding along the well oiled narrative rails, occasionally falling into a cliche or ten, and sometimes in the smooth flow skidding right past the moments on which I wish time had been spent as they would have added some hefty substance to counterbalance the surface lightness of the story but maybe the implications of some of the revelations and plot points will be revisited in the future as it does seem to be a good intro to, perhaps, a series Would be a shame to not revisit this world again Yes, some of the exposition made me eye roll there s easily accessible and then there s clumsy over explaining but it is not grating enough to dull the enjoyment of the story So yeah, it would not be the first or second, or fifteenth choice of a literary snob Oh well, their loss But hey, it s engaging, entertaining and relevant, and overall quite decently written And I would not hesitate recommending it, even of you really have to work at carving out some time for it in your busy schedule, like I had to It s worth the few hours, no doubt.4 stars.More Scalzi, please I m convinced now.

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    4.5 Although Lock in was confusing to begin with, the story soon captures your attention Since earth s Great Flu caused paralysis of the nervous system to than 2.75 billion humans worldwide, robots called Tweeps are being used by individuals, along with Integrators who can share their bodies Chris Shane, a Tweep, has recently been hired as an FBI agent and assigned a partner, Integrator FBI veteran agent Leslie Vann The two agents are given a task to investigate a murder at a nearby hotel and to question the suspect, a Tweep, who appears to be confused and unable to explain what exactly happened As Chris and Leslie begin to uncover details about the murdered victim, they realize this is no ordinary homicide John Scalzi has written something exceptional, with a splash of witty dialogue Lock in is an incredible Sci fi novel not to be missed Highly recommended

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    from the Earth Journal of Scientific Analyst SLJLK92349UO, Earth Invasion Exploratory UnitIt s tough to be a human that is something I ve learned during my lengthy time studying the human species on this planet Earth Life itself is hard, of course, with its everyday pitfalls and each individual s long term ambitions and disappointments but for humanity that difficulty is compounded by all of the isms that exist to divide humanity from itself Isms based on race and culture and gender and orientation and age and socio economic status and family background and personal appearance all those things, whether intangible or physical, that help form a human s identity I have always been fascinated by this construct identity, at least in how it affects the human species Back home on Robot Planet we seldom are concerned with such things if we feel anxious about or disappointed in our current form, we simply upload into a pleasing iteration.Scalzi appears to share my interest in identity specifically, the mutability of physical identity and the distance that can lie between a person s interior and exterior From Scalzi s perspective, the clothes do not make the man nor does the body or the gender or the age or many other things It is a forward looking perspective and one that I fully endorse This perspective has been present in much of his work his exciting science fiction saga starting with Old Man s War posits that the mutable physical self is but a prop or costume or useful tool for that which exists within He takes that interest to a new level in his novel Lock In A world full of a sizeable minority who only engage with the world in mind and spirit, whose prone locked in bodies slumber peacefully while their minds roam the world through robotic suits or as guests in human bodies or in a kind of virtual landscape constructed for this minority It s as if Scalzi finally went for it in this novel and decided to put his interests right up front He is truly a classic version of the speculative science fiction author in that he hypothesizes where the human race may go to next while still concerning himself with how we operate as individuals and as a society right now.Perhaps I am just a typical liberal robot of the old model, but I find a touching connection between his progressive blog posts and his ongoing interest in illustrating how a person is so much than what their body does or looks like or comes from.As far as the novel itself goes, it is a futuristic mystery Agent Chris Shane is new on the scene, and on his first day he has to deal with a crime that has far reaching implications for that sizeable minority who are locked in, as well as the rest of humanity Agent Shane is also locked in, so there was a lot of enjoyable detail about how Chris and others who are locked in often interface with the physical world through robotic bodies nicknamed threeps Chris Shane s gender is never identified an ingenious decision and one that fits right in with Scalzi s viewpoint re what actually makes a person a person The mystery itself is simple to solve the prose is bland and workmanlike but not objectionable It is all quite easy going down and made for a pleasant way to pass the time More compelling to me than the plot were the themes and ideas mentioned above And appealing to me than the rather rote characters on display was the character of the author, also on display He is an admirable example of his species I d welcome him on Robot Planet, where he would be the source of much interest Although I suppose if there were humans like Scalzi, I would feel guilt about our upcoming invasion And then where would Robot Planet harvest its fuel sources and capture its meat based servants Our moral logic would force us to find another planet for such needs Happily, there are few like Scalzi on this planet Earth.

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    Look, we all know that eventually robots are going to take over the world and kill all humans That s a problem for future us to worry about Today us is having fun seeing who could build the smartest robot ever To have sex with Seriously Japan WTH Redneck versionBut one way to avoid this mass genocide of the human race is to build robots that we can actually download ourselves into Then, we get all of the cool parts of being robots and living in a robot world without the bloody ending Take that robots Ha Just kidding, robots Nothing to see here.That is what we have in this book There was a plague that left tons of people completely paralyzed, so scientists created a way to let these people sync their brains into robot bodies Our hero of the story is a robot man And, an FBI agent He starts his new job, gets a new partner, and immediately has a robot related murder to deal with Okay, maybe the robots will kill us anyway They ll figure out a way I have to say that the world in this book is super fun and interesting Since it s set in the future, we also get some other high tech stuff, like self driving cars Although, we almost have those now, so not as impressive as they once were I m still hoping to live long enough to get a flying car A hovercar would be nice Someone get on that for me, will ya I m getting older every minute.The characters, especially our hero s new partner, are also great I absolutely loved how jaded and sarcastic she was You hit our suspect with a car, I said Oops, she said Those two sentences pretty much explain the dynamics of this partnership Their banter was excellent And, the book cracked me up a lot If it wasn t the banter, it was the situation, such as when he has to use a loaner robot in another state and its legs don t work They wanted him to just put the robot in a wheelchair and roll around That was hilarious I guess any loaner of any kind is usually pretty crappy I m thinking about rental cars, bowling shoes, and roller skates.I am hoping there are books set in this world, with these two FBI agents I m totally in In the meantime, here is a handy glossary for your future robot related needs

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    4 to 4.5 starsBonus points for creativity It was an unexpectedly unique sci fi techno mystery with nice twists of humor I am glad that I didn t know much about this going in because it was fun to get into this bizarre new world is it okay to say it s fun to get into a plague filled world I will say that this is a very brainy story A lot of concentration and thought must be given in order to keep up I am still not entirely sure of everything that happened

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    Sale Alert Daily Deal 10Apr18 here for 2.99 Will you like this book Honestly I think it will depend on what you care about in the book If what you are looking for is a great who done it murder mystery well then this maybe won t be for you since that part of the book was a little easy to figure out and was just okay as murder mysteries go But if what you want is something that makes you wonder what society would be like if one part of the general population is essentially stuck inside their bodies with no way to move around and they are given their own personal C3POesk unit to use to be able to walk around the world in, then the answer is YES.I like books that take a premise like what would happen if and then expand on that to maybe 20 200 years into the future and then make a story around how would our world change because of that one thing I think that Neal Shusterman so far has been my favorite author to do that in a Urban setting with his Unwind Series But Scalzi did a pretty good job at that as well and had a lot of very interesting concepts and social commentary throughout the story Interesting that you don t always stay fully sense forward on your threep, Jerry said, as he prepped the lidocaine I don t like how it feels, I said If I can t feel my body it feels off Adrift Weird Jerry nodded I can see that, I guess, he said Not everyone does it that way My last client was full sense forward on her threep all the time Didn t like feeling what was going on with her body Hell, didn t like acknowledging she had a body She found it inconvenient, I think is the best way of putting it Which was ultimately ironic How so She had a heart attack and didn t even feel it, Jerry said She found out about it from an automated alert to her threep I think it came as a surprise to her that she could die She spent so much time in her threep I think she believed it really was her So the thing that I didn t notice until someone pointed it out to me was that our MC could be any gender or race I think I didn t realize that Chris was biracial until about 70% into the book I still have no idea if Chris is male or female Since Wil Wheaton is the narrator for the book I just assumed that Chris was male for most of the book until I realized that maybe wasn t the case at all.I did get pretty caught up on how society changed because of all the people who were locked in and how they became like their own class race of people So many concepts in this book made me ponder and wonder about the lives of people in this world and the current political crisis it was going through and how that would change everything.Overall I think the Societal SciFi part of the book is much stronger than anything else If that is you cup of tea and you don t get all caught up on the how did they get peoples brains to control a robot you ll totally be fine.Audio Note I listened to the Wil Wheaten version of this and enjoyed it I like WW as a narrator especially when there is a lot of dialogue This was a very easy listen.

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