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John Scalzi - Author

About the Author

John Scalzi is the author of several SF novels including the bestselling Old Man's War sequence, comprising OLD MAN'S WAR, THE GHOST BRIGADES and the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling THE LAST COLONY. He is a winner of science fiction's JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER, and he won the HUGO AWARD for YOUR HATE MAIL WILL BE GRADED, a collection of essays from his popular blog, Whatever. His latest novel, REDSHIRTS, hit the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list in its first week on sale. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Featured books by John Scalzi

Lock in

Lock in

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

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 or not. 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...

Other books by John Scalzi

The Consuming Fire

The Consuming Fire

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi is the dazzling follow-up to The Collapsing Empire - a space opera in a universe on the brink of destruction. The Interdependency, humanity's interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional pathway between the stars, is disappearing, leaving planets stranded. Billions of lives will be lost - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures. But it's not that easy. There are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth - or an opportunity for them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others prepare for civil war. A war that will take place in the halls of power, by the altars of worship and amongst the titans of industry as much as between spaceships. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy . . . and all of human civilization is at stake. Praise for The Collapsing Empire 'Provocative and unexpected' The Wall Street Journal 'Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure' Kirkus Reviews 'Scalzi builds a fascinating new interstellar civilization in order to destroy it....[The Collapsing Empire is] amusing escapism full of guts and brains' Ars Technica

The Consuming Fire

The Consuming Fire

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi is the dazzling follow-up to The Collapsing Empire - a space opera in a universe on the brink of destruction. The Interdependency, humanity's interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional pathway between the stars, is disappearing, leaving planets stranded. Billions of lives will be lost - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures. But it's not that easy. There are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth - or an opportunity for them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others prepare for civil war. A war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as between spaceships. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy . . . and all of human civilization is at stake.

Head On

Head On

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

John Scalzi returns with Head On, a 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.

Head On

Head On

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2018

To some left with nothing, winning becomes everything In a post-virus world, a daring sport is taking the US by storm. It's frenetic, violent and involves teams attacking one another with swords and hammers. The aim: to obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. Impossible? Not if the players have Haden's Syndrome. Unable to move, Haden's sufferers use robot bodies, which they operate mentally. So in this sport anything goes, no one gets hurt - and crowds and competitors love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. But is it an accident? FBI agents Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are determined to find out. In this game, fortunes can be made - or lost. And both players and owners will do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.John Scalzi returns with Head On, a 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.

Kollaps - Das Imperium der Strome 1

Kollaps - Das Imperium der Strome 1

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

Der Auftakt von John Scalzis neuer, bisher groter Science-Fiction-Serie.Die Menschheit hat sich in der ganzen Galaxis ausgebreitet und ein gewaltiges Sternenreich errichtet - ein ebenso machtiges wie fragiles Gefuge aus Planeten und Raumstationen, die alle aufeinander angewiesen sind, um zu uberleben. Extra-dimensionale Sternenstraen halten dieses Imperium zusammen, sogenannte "e;Strome"e;, auf denen Raumschiffe in kurzester Zeit Lichtjahre zurucklegen konnen.Doch dieses feingesponnene Netz scheint gefahrdet. Und nur drei Menschen konnen den endgultigen Zusammenbruch verhindern: Lady Kiva Lagos, die junge Erbin eines machtigen Handelshauses; Cardenia Wu-Patrick, die als Imperiatox Grayland II. das schwere Erbe ihres Vaters antritt; und der Wissenschaftler Marce Claremont, der die gefahrliche Reise ins Zentrum der Galaxis unternimmt, um die Imperiatox zu warnen.Die Zukunft der Galaxis liegt ihren Handen."e;John Scalzi ist der unterhaltsamste und zuganglichste SF-Autor unserer Zeit."e; Joe Hill

The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

'Rousing storytelling and satisfying intrigue . . . an engaging, well-crafted sci-fi drama.' - SFX Does the biggest threat lie within? In the far future, humanity has left Earth to create a glorious empire. Now this interstellar network of worlds faces disaster - but can three individuals save their people? The empire's outposts are utterly dependent on each other for resources, a safeguard against war, and a way its rulers can exert control. This relies on extra-dimensional pathways between the stars, connecting worlds. But 'The Flow' is changing course, which could plunge every colony into fatal isolation. A scientist will risk his life to inform the empire's ruler. A scion of a Merchant House stumbles upon conspirators seeking power. And the new Empress of the Interdependency must battle lies, rebellion and treason. Yet as they work to save a civilization on the brink of collapse, others have very different plans . . . The Collapsing Empire is an exciting space opera from John Scalzi.

The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

Does the biggest threat lie within? In the far future, humanity has left Earth to create a glorious empire. Now this interstellar network of worlds faces disaster - but can three individuals save their people? The empire's outposts are utterly dependent on each other for resources, a safeguard against war, and a way its rulers can exert control. This relies on extra-dimensional pathways between the stars, connecting worlds. But 'The Flow' is changing course, which could plunge every colony into fatal isolation. A scientist will risk his life to inform the empire's ruler. A scion of a Merchant House stumbles upon conspirators seeking power. And the new Empress of the Interdependency must battle lies, rebellion and treason. Yet as they work to save a civilization on the brink of collapse, others have very different plans . . . The Collapsing Empire is an exciting space opera from John Scalzi.

The End of All Things

The End of All Things

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Our fate is in their hands . . . The universe is a hostile place in John Scalzi's The End of All Things the sixth in The Old Man's War series. The Colonial Union's Defence Force was formed to save humanity when aggressive alien species targeted our worlds. Now Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an urgent new mission, as a hostile universe becomes ever more dangerous. He must investigate a sinister group, which lurks in the darkness of space playing different factions against one another. They'll target both humans and aliens, and their motives are unfathomable. The Defence Force itself is weakening as its soldiers fall - without recruits to replace them. Relations with Earth have broken down and it will send no more troops, even as human colonies become increasingly vulnerable to alien attack. Lieutenant Wilson and Colonial Union diplomats must race to keep the peace, seek reconciliation with an enraged Earth, and maintain humanity's unity at all costs. If they don't, it will mean oblivion, extinction and the end of all things.

Mash Up Stories Inspired by Famous First Lines

Mash Up Stories Inspired by Famous First Lines

Author: John Scalzi, Tad Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2016

Stories Inspired by Famous First LinesPride and Prejudice meets Macbeth by way of The Wizard of Oz and a dollop of the speculative, in this entertaining anthology where authors get inspiration for short stories from the first lines of famous works of literature. Edited by respected anthologist Gardner Dozois, the collection features Mary Robinette Kowal's Hugo Award-winning story The Lady Astronaut of Mars .

The Human Division

The Human Division

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

John Scalzi's The Human Division is the fifth in The Old Man's War series. Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an impossible mission. He must help preserve the union of humanity's colonies, in the wake of a terrible revelation. For years the Colonial Union has protected its citizens from the dangerous universe around them. But the people of Earth now know the ugly truth. The Union deliberately kept Earth as an ignorant backwater - and as a source of recruits for its war against hostile aliens. Now, other alien races have formed a new alliance against the Union. And they've invited the incensed people of Earth to join them. Managing the Colonial Union's survival will take all the political cunning and finesse its diplomats can muster. And Harry and his team will be deployed to deal with the unexpected - for failure is unthinkable.

The Last Colony

The Last Colony

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2015

John Scalzi's The Last Colony is the third in The Old Man's War series. They must save themselves - or die trying. John Perry was living peacefully on one of humanity's colonies - until he and his wife were offered an opportunity these ex-supersoldiers couldn't resist. To come out of retirement and lead a new frontier world. However, once on the planet, they discover they've been betrayed. For this colony is a pawn in an interstellar game of war and diplomacy. Humanity's Colonial Union has pitched itself against a new, seemingly unstoppable alien alliance, dedicated to ending all human colonization. As this contest rages above, Perry struggles to keep his terrified colonists alive on the surface below - despite dangerous interstellar politics, violence and treachery. And the planet has yet to reveal its own fatal secrets.

Zoe's Tale

Zoe's Tale

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2015

'John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today' - Joe Hill, author of The Fireman John Scalzi's Zoe's Tale is the fourth in The Old Man's War series. She won't go down without a fight. It's not every day you up sticks and move to another world. But then, Zoe Boutin-Perry's life has never been ordinary. She's the adopted teenage daughter of two former super-soldiers. She's also a holy icon to a race of alien warriors who track her every move. So she's used to the quirks of being a human in space. However, this time something's different. Betrayed by the authorities, Zoe - along with her parents and fellow colonists - finds herself stranded on a deadly pioneer planet. The Colonial Union has also set them up as a target for hostile alien action. Zoe must become a player (and a pawn) in an interstellar battle, which will determine the fate of humanity. Her father's side of this story was told in The Last Colony, but Zoe's Tale reveals a whole new dimension. It's a story you may think you know, but you don't really know it at all.

Old Man's War

Old Man's War

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

The universe is a dangerous place in John Scalzi's Old Man's War, the first in The Old Man's War series. At seventy-five years old, John Perry is after a fresh start - so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth's military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body, crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle. But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies from hostile aliens. He'll pay the price for his choices, and he'll discover the universe is even more dangerous than he imagined.

The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades

Author: John Scalzi, Gary Blythe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

The sequel to his extraordinary Old Man's War, John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades is the second in The Old Man's War series. Who can you trust, if you can't trust yourself? Three hostile alien races have united against humanity, determined to halt our expansion into space. The mastermind behind this lethal alliance is a traitor - Charles Boutin. He was a Colonial Defence Force scientist, with access to their biggest military secrets. Now the CDF's only hope is to discover Boutin's plan. Trouble is, Boutin's dead. As a super-soldier created from Boutin's own DNA, Jared Dirac may have answers. However, when Dirac fails to access the scientist's memories, he's transferred to the Ghost Brigades for training. These elite troops are also cloned from the dead, so he might fit in. But will Dirac's memory return as the enemy plots the fate of humankind? And whose side is Dirac really on?

Lock In

Lock In

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

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 ...

End of All Things #4: To Stand or Fall

End of All Things #4: To Stand or Fall

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2015

Back on Earth, the beginning and end of all things. The nations of humanity's home planet have parted ways with the starfaring Colonial Union, the human interstellar empire originally established to keep the home planet free. The Union needs to regain Earth's trust. The alien races of the Conclave have their own hard choices to face. All of these threads culminate in this, Part Four of the four parts of The End of All Things, John Scalzi's conclusion to the Old Man's War tale that began with The Human Division.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

End of All Things Part 4

End of All Things Part 4

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2015

To Stand or Fall is the final of four thrilling instalments of John Scalzi's The End of All Things. The full novel is also available to buy.Our fate is in their hands . . .The Colonial Union's Defence Force was formed to save humanity when aggressive alien species targeted our worlds. Now Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an urgent new mission, as a hostile universe becomes ever more dangerous. He must investigate a sinister group, which lurks in the darkness of space playing different factions against one another. They'll target both humans and aliens, and their motives are unfathomable.The Defence Force itself is weakening as its soldiers fall - without recruits to replace them. Relations with Earth have broken down and it will send no more troops, even as human colonies become increasingly vulnerable to alien attack.Lieutenant Wilson and Colonial Union diplomats must race to keep the peace, seek reconciliation with an enraged Earth, and maintain humanity's unity at all costs. If they don't, it will mean oblivion, extinction and the end of all things.

End of All Things #3: Can Long Endure

End of All Things #3: Can Long Endure

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2015

They signed up to defend humans from hostile aliens, but this group of Colonial Union soldiers finds themselves, instead, repeatedly sent to squelch rebellious human colonies that want to leave the CU. It's not a sustainable situation. Something has to give. Part Three of the four parts of The End of All Things, John Scalzi's conclusion to the Old Man's War tale that began with The Human Division.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

End of All Things Part 3

End of All Things Part 3

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2015

Can Long Endure is the third of four thrilling instalments of John Scalzi's The End of All Things. The full novel is also available to buy.Our fate is in their hands . . .The Colonial Union's Defence Force was formed to save humanity when aggressive alien species targeted our worlds. Now Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an urgent new mission, as a hostile universe becomes ever more dangerous. He must investigate a sinister group, which lurks in the darkness of space playing different factions against one another. They'll target both humans and aliens, and their motives are unfathomable.The Defence Force itself is weakening as its soldiers fall - without recruits to replace them. Relations with Earth have broken down and it will send no more troops, even as human colonies become increasingly vulnerable to alien attack.Lieutenant Wilson and Colonial Union diplomats must race to keep the peace, seek reconciliation with an enraged Earth, and maintain humanity's unity at all costs. If they don't, it will mean oblivion, extinction and the end of all things.

End of All Things #2: This Hollow Union

End of All Things #2: This Hollow Union

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2015

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And for the multi-species Conclave, desperate times have arrived. Faced with the prospect of major planets and species leaving the alliance, the Conclave's leadership has just a few cards left to play...to unpredictable effect. Part Two of the four parts of The End of All Things, John Scalzi's conclusion to the Old Man's War tale that began with The Human Division.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

End of All Things Part 2

End of All Things Part 2

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2015

This Hollow Union is the second of four thrilling instalments of John Scalzi's The End of All Things. The full novel is also available to buy.Our fate is in their hands . . .The Colonial Union's Defence Force was formed to save humanity, as aggressive alien species targeted our worlds. Now Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an urgent new mission, as a hostile universe becomes ever more dangerous. He must investigate a sinister group, which lurks in the darkness of space playing different factions against one another. They'll target both humans and aliens, and their motives are unfathomable.The Defence Force itself is weakening as its soldiers fall - without recruits to replace them. Relations with Earth have broken down and it will send no more troops, even as human colonies become increasingly vulnerable to alien attack.Lieutenant Wilson and Colonial Union diplomats must race to keep the peace, seek reconciliation with an enraged Earth, and keep humanity's union intact. If they don't, it will mean oblivion, extinction and the end of all things.

End of All Things #1: The Life of the Mind

End of All Things #1: The Life of the Mind

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2015

A down-on-his-luck Colonial Union starship pilot finds himself pressed into serving a harsh master-in a mission against the CU. But his kidnappers may have underestimated his knowledge of the ship that they have, quite literally, bound him to piloting. Part One of the four parts of The End of All Things, John Scalzi's conclusion to the Old Man's War tale that began with The Human Division.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

End of All Things Part 1

End of All Things Part 1

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2015

The Life of the Mind is the first of four thrilling instalments of John Scalzi's The End of All Things. The full novel is also available to buy.Our fate is in their hands . . .The Colonial Union's Defence Force was formed to save humanity when aggressive alien species targeted our worlds. Now Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an urgent new mission, as a hostile universe becomes ever more dangerous. He must investigate a sinister group, which lurks in the darkness of space playing different factions against one another. They'll target both humans and aliens, and their motives are unfathomable.The Defence Force itself is weakening as its soldiers fall - without recruits to replace them. Relations with Earth have broken down and it will send no more troops, even as human colonies become increasingly vulnerable to alien attack.Lieutenant Wilson and Colonial Union diplomats must race to keep the peace, seek reconciliation with an enraged Earth, and maintain humanity's unity at all costs. If they don't, it will mean oblivion, extinction and the end of all things.

REDSHIRTS

REDSHIRTS

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2014

EHndryu Dal' rad novomu naznacheniyu: ego zhdet lyubimaya issledovatel'skaya rabota, i ne gde-nibud', a v laboratorii "e;Intrepida"e;, znamenitogo flagmana Vselenskogo soyuza. Odnako vskore molodoj ksenobiolog ponimaet: nekotorye lyudi na bortu korablya svyazany tajnoj, v kotoruyu ne posvyashchayut novichkov. Nastorazhivaet ne tol'ko porazitel'naya zhivuchest' starshih oficerov na fone vysochajshej smertnosti sredi podchinennyh, no i yavnaya absurdnost' proiskhodyashchego.Sluchajno uznav, chto predstavlyaet soboj na samom dele "e;Intrepid"e;, Dal' predlagaet svoim tovarishcham bezumno riskovannyj put' k spaseniyu...

Old Man's War Boxed Set I

Old Man's War Boxed Set I

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2014

This discounted ebundle includes: Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last ColonyNew York Times bestselling author John Scalzi takes you on an epic romp of galactic conquest and exploration, with some laughs along the way."e;Gripping and surpassingly original."e; -Cory DoctorowEarth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.Old Man's War - John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army, with only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight is far more difficult than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.The Ghost Brigades - At first, Jared is a perfect soldier, but as another man's memories slowly surface, Jared begins to intuit the reasons for their betrayal. Time is running out: The alliance is preparing its offensive, and some of them plan worse things than humanity's mere military defeat.The Last Colony - Retired from his fighting days, John Perry and his wife, Jane, are pulled back into the political arena, and into the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.Tor books by John ScalziOld Man's War Series#1 Old Man's War#2 The Ghost Brigades#3 The Last Colony#4 Zoe's Tale#5 The Human Division#6 The End of All Things Short fiction: "e;After the Coup"e;Other Tor BooksThe Android's DreamAgent to the StarsYour Hate Mail Will Be GradedFuzzy NationRedshirtsLock InAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Lock in

Lock in

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

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 or not. 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...

Unlocked

Unlocked

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2014

Discover the history of Haden's Syndrome, the virus that created the world of John Scalzi's inventive near-future thrillers Lock In and Head On, in the prequel novella Unlocked.Not long from now, a virus will sweep the globe. Most will suffer no worse than flu-like symptoms, but an unlucky one percent will be changed forever. Hundreds of millions become "e;locked in"e;, awake, aware, but completely unable to control their bodies.This is the story of the doctors, scientists, engineers, politicians, and heroes who remade the world. It is the story of the chaotic outbreak, the fight for a cure, the changes that followed. It is an oral history, straight from the mouths of those who survived the most dynamic period in human history.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012

Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012

This outstanding collection of short stories features some of the best of Tor.com original fiction, in audio for the first time. Written for and originally published exclusively on Tor.com, this audiobook includes Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated short stories, brand-new fiction from bestselling authors, and tales that feature characters and worlds that listeners already know and love.In this unique story collection, listeners will enjoy fiction from Sylvia Day, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and many others. The collection includes:Earth Hour by Ken MacLeodEve of Sin City by Sylvia Day, featuring Evangeline Hollis of the Marked series The Presidents Brain is Missing by John ScalziOvertime by Charles Stross, set in the world of The Laundry FilesFirstborn by Brandon SandersonDown on the Farm by Charles Stross, set in the world of The Laundry FilesAfter the Coup by John ScalziThe Finite Canvas by Brit Mandelo Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarronPortrait of Lisane da Patagnia by Rachel Swirsky

Redshirts

Redshirts

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more delighted when he's assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn't be better ... although there are a few strange things going on: (1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces (2) the ship's captain, the chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these encounters (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. Suddenly it's less surprising how much energy is expended below decks on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned an Away Mission. Andrew's fate may have been sealed ... until he stumbles on a piece of information that changes everything ... and offers him and his fellow redshirts a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives ...

Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue

Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2012

Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue

Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2012

Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Fuzzy Nation

Fuzzy Nation

Author: John Scalzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2012

Jack Holloway works alone. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp's headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporation's headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor. As for his past, that's not up for discussion. Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth. But there's another wrinkle to ZaraCorp's relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species. Then a small furry biped - trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute - shows up at Jack's outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp's claim to a planet's worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed...and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the fuzzys before their existence becomes more widely known.

President's Brain is Missing

President's Brain is Missing

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2011

The question is, how can you tell the President's brain is missing? And are we sure we need it back?At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

God Engines

God Engines

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2010

Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows thisand so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given.Tephe knows from the start that his mission will be a test of his skill as a leader of men and as a devout follower of his god. Its what he doesnt know that matters: to what ends his faith and his ship will ultimately be putand that the tests he will face will come not only from his god and the Bishopry Militant, but from another, more malevolent source entirelyAuthor John Scalzi has ascended to the top ranks of modern science fiction with the bestselling, Hugo-nominated novels Old Mans War and Zoes Tale. Now he tries his hand at fantasy, with a dark and different novella that takes your expectations of what fantasy is and does, and sends them tumbling.Say your prayersand behold The God Engines.

After the Coup

After the Coup

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

In a universe of harsh interstellar conflict, the practice of interspecies diplomacy-when possible-is important. So being a Colonial Union officer attached to an interplanetary diplomatic mission sometimes means taking a fall. Literally.John Scalzi's Old Man's War was one of the most popular SF debut novels of the last decade; its sequels are The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony,and Zoe's Tale. Other novels include The Android's Dream and Agent to the Stars. His collection of material from his weblog The Whatever, Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, won the Hugo Award in 2009. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006, and was elected President of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2010.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Zoe's Tale

Zoe's Tale

Author: John Scalzi Format: eBook Release Date: 19/08/2008

How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?I ask because it's what I have to do. I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: How I did what I did - how I did what I had to do - not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.It's a story you know. But you don't know it all.

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