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 "locked in", 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.
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This intriguing companion novella expands the backstory behind Scalzi's provocative near-future science fiction novel Lock In. Originally mistaken for bird flu, "The Great Flu" killed 400 million around the world, and left millions more "locked in" their bodies, unable to communicate with the outside world. When the First Lady, Margaret Haden, was stricken, the flu came to be called "Haden's Syndrome," prompting President Benjamin Haden to stump tirelessly for a major medical and technological effort a new "Moon Shot" to find a way to help Haden's victims. Scalzi presents both pro and con insider views of the Haden Research Initiative Act, its priorities, and its stipulations that all research would be shared in an open database and all products would be cross-licensed, available for everyone to exploit equally. Researchers, businessmen, politicians, and human rights activists clash in this skillfully written novella about one of the most fascinating SF scenarios created in recent years.