Alachua County Library District’s 2015 Author Series features New York Times bestselling science fiction author John Scalzi, on Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m., at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. His newest novel is called Lock In.
John Scalzi is a featured speaker at the Library District’s Fandomonium: A Library Comic Con Event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Headquarters. The other featured speaker is children’s author/illustrator Christian Slade at 11 a.m. Slade is a former Disney animator and the creator of the children’s graphic novel series, Korgi. These authors headline the Library District’s first comic convention packed with activities and fun events for fans of comics, anime and sci-fi pop culture. There will be crafts, movie screenings, a costume contest, fan art on display, and a drawing workshop. This is an all-day event and there is no reason to leave for refueling—two food trucks, Heart and Seoul and Off the Griddle will be on site with food available for purchase!
Scalzi is best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller Redshirts, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fanwriter in 2008 based predominantly on his daily blog, Whatever, where he caused quite an stir on the Internet when he taped a piece of bacon to his cat (no cat was harmed in the making of that blog post) and most recently, when he posted his thoughts on the whole Hugo Awards nomination process. He also writes non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy and writing. He served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.
"Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. Ninety-five percent of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves locked in, fully awake and aware but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, 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 restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, The Agora, in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can 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....John Scalzi's Lock In is a novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction.”