For me, the best Science Fiction is the writing where the science takes a back seat to the fiction. In John Scalzi’s Lock In we get a straight-down-the-middle political and corporate thriller with all of the plot points and developments you would expect. The setting for this narrative is what gives Scalzi the opportunity to stretch out a little and give us a twist on the average whodunnit.
In the world of Lock In, after a catastrophic pandemic, some people are trapped in their bodies, unable to move or communicate with the outside world without the use of a neural network that allows them to interact via robot facsimilies or even human hosts.
As science fiction, this is a great premise that sits quietly in the story once the exposition has been dealt with. On the actual human story, Scalzi is at his thoughtful best addressing the social and political issues of funding disabled people as well as digging into how corporations exploit everyone for profit.
If you are a fan of political potboilers, you aren’t going to find much to surprise you in this book. It’s pretty much by the numbers and I found the ending to » Continue Reading.