A novel of the near future
On Sale: March 26, 2019
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone
follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and
critically acclaimed Lock In. 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.
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