John Scalzi returns with Head On, a 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 19/04/2018
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781509835102