by John Scalzi
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the world95% of those who suffer from experience nothing worse than fever and headaches4% suffer from acute meningitis, creating the greatest medical crisis in historyAnd 1% find him “locked” in fully awake and conscious, but unable to move or respond to a stimulus1% doesn’t seem like muchBut in the United States that 1.7 million people “locked up”including the wife of the President and his daughterStimulated by grief and the extent of suffering, America commits massively, a scientific initiativeNothing can fully restore the locked upBut then two new technologies emergeOne is a virtual reality environment, the “Agora”, where the person can interact with other human beings, whether it is immobilized ornotThe other is the discovery that some rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, allowing those who are locked in from time to time “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their ownThis jurisdiction is quickly settled, licensed, easement and control itNothing can go wrongCertainly no one would be tempted to abuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse.
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