BioShock by John Shirley

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It's the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal has redefined American politics. Taxes are at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has brought a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business has many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom is diminishing . . . and many are desperate to take that freedom back.

Among them is a great dreamer, an immigrant who pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and admired men in the world. That man is Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserve better. And so he set out to create the impossible, a utopia free from government, censorship, and moral restrictions on science--where what you give is what you get. He created Rapture---the shining city below the sea.

But as we all know, this utopia suffered a great tragedy. This is the story of how it all came to be . . .and how it all ended.


About John Shirley

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John Shirley is a critically acclaimed cyberpunk, sci-fi and horror writer, titles include City Come-Walkin' and Dracula In Love. He wrote the first screenplay for The Crow. He has also written many tie-ins including Constantine, Doom and Bioshock: Rapture. His short story collection Black Butterflies won a Bram Stoker, the International Horror Guild Award and was one of the Publisher's Weekly best books of 1998.
Published July 19, 2011 by Tor Books. 444 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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BioShock: Rapture is the first novel based on the multi-million selling video game franchise BioShock, and was authored by John Shirley, a well-established genre author who won the Bram Stoker Award for his short story collection Black Butterflies.

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The British Fantasy Society

I don’t think so, and apart from Mark Morris’ recent foray into the world of books based on computer games with his novel based on the game Dead Island, the same could probably be said for books inspired by computer games;

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SciFi Online

Initially Ryan is naive if he thinks that a society can run anarchically only on free will, although because you cannot leave, free will in Rapture is more of an idea than a fact, as Ryan tries to control his new society.

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This is designed as a prequel for the first two video games in the Bioshock series.

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