by John Scalzi
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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John Scalzi turns the head, cold in the back, in the near future SF with the sensations of a gravelly cop of the procedureThe Sur head brings Scalzi is a dynamic brand of dialogue and technological speculation to the future of the sports worldHilketa is a frenetic and violent hobby where players attack each other with swords and axesThe main goal of the game: get your opponent’s head and carry it through the polesWith the flesh and bones of bodies, a sport like this would be impossibleBut all players are “threeps,” robot-like organs controlled by people with Haden Down Syndrome, so everything’s fine.No wounded, but the brutality is real and the crowd loveUntil a star athlete falls dead on the field of playIs it an accident or a murderFBI Agents and investigator-related crime Haden, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called upon to discover the truth-and in so doing travel to the dark side of Hilketa’s rapid sport growth, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do what it takes to win, on and off the field
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