System Shock - Free Radical novel
Chapter 1 - K E Y S
The long steel finger of the subway stabbed into the station. Having just come from
the Undercity, its belly was full of lower-class people who were privileged enough to
work in the high-class grid of glittering corporate office buildings known as Uppernet.
The train brought itself to an abrupt and precise halt and then regurgitated its contents
onto the empty platform. The swarm of ex-passengers flowed up the steps and
dispersed into the evening glow of New Atlanta
This book, like most others, was not constructed in a vacuum. Consequently, there are
a few people that I need to recognize for their contributions to this work. Chief among
those who deserve some credit are the people that once drove the now defunct Looking Glass Games, the company behind System Shock. I'd also like to
thank my wife, who bugged me mercilessly to continue work on the project, and who
endured the long task of proofreading and reviewing the book as it took shape. The
project was fuelled by my own curiosity and through the encouragement of many fans.
I'd like to thank everyone who tolerated my irregular writing schedule, and who sent
me feedback. Not many authors get to write in front of an audience like this, and I
found it to be very rewarding. Thanks for sticking with me, you're more patient than I.
For those of you new to the book, I'd love to hear from you. After you've taken it in,
please drop me an email and let me know. It means more than you think.
Thanks for reading,