|Lock-In by John Scalzi
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 8pm
770 Rt.17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652
This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to discuss various works of "modern"
masters or upcoming talent in SF, fantasy, paranormal, horror and related genres. It also
occasionally explores classics and the 'masters' of the classics.
*For the complete list of titles for 2017 scroll below event recap. You will find all 12
A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John
Not 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 challenge.
A 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 more complicated.
But "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.
|Modern Masters Selections for 2017
|Recaps & comments
|The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Our choice for the month, The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, went over very well. Everyone enjoyed the story of aliens using
humans as "host" bodies. Main character Tao was a favorite. The story has a little of everything: humor, action,
romance. The sequels in the trilogy, The Deaths of Tao & The Rebirths of Tao, were either already read or are desired to
be read by attendees. It's even more surprising in that The Lives of Tao was a debut novel. Interesting and fun
discussion. (Chris H)
|The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Our tie-in between the movie and the graphic novel for Batman: The Killing Joke was completed tonight. The main point of
both was to give the Joker a backstory on how he became "the Joker". It was suggested that it all could have been in his
mind, making none of it real. Fans of the Batman-Joker dynamic were not disappointed. The backstory was well written
and gave a great beginning to an iconic villain. The big difference between the graphic novel and film is that the film had
the first half hour that had nothing to do with the graphic novel; otherwise it was a good adaptation. Fun and "animated"