Prequel Novella Sets Up BioShock Infinite

Prequel Novella Sets Up BioShock Infinite

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An upcoming e-book will delve deeper into the mysteries of Columbia.

Videogame novels are a little like videogame movies in that they generally run the gamut from "execrable" to "almost tolerable." Sure, every now and then you get something good, but mostly, you don't. Still, novel tie-ins are a proven marketing technique, as well as a way for speculative fiction writers to play in some of their favorite licensed worlds. BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt is an e-book novella intended to set up the events of BioShock Infinite, and will debut about a month before the game.

Joe Fielder, one of the game's writers, fielded this project along with director Ken Levine. The novella came about as a response to fan curiosity. "Since we first announced BioShock Infinite, our fans have asked for more information about Columbia and the complex cast of characters that inhabit the floating city," says Fielder. "Players will have a better understanding of BioShock Infinite's world, the struggle between its factions, and the motivations of key characters." Although Fielder intends to drop a number of tantalizing hints in the book, he promises that it won't spoil any of the mysteries present in the finished game. At about 30 pages long, it's probably better to expect a teaser rather than a fully realized story.

At present, the book is only available for preorder on Amazon Kindle and all of its associated apps, with a release date of February 12, 2013. Those who preorder BioShock Infinite will receive this tie-in for free, while Johnny-Come-Latelies will have to dish out $2.99. While Mind in Revolt isn't the first BioShock book, it is the only one to precede its associated game. Let's hope that it turns out better than some other novels in the same genre.

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It may be a good idea to edit the last paragraph to clarify that the Bioshock book was a prequel to the game, but was not published until after it's release. When I first read it I assumed you meant that the books content came after the game, not the date it was released.

That is something most ubernationals tend to agree on: Minds are revolting.

I enjoyed many of the StarCraft novels and I've heard most of the WarHammer 40k novels are absolutely brilliant but haven't read them so can't attest to that personally.
If I had an e-reader I'd probably be willing to give it a try if it's a full length novel. $2.99 doesn't seem too bad for a non physical copy.

Article aside, I really like what they've done with the poster; inverted Uncle Sam message, both visually and textually... Brilliant! Also, props for use of the phrase "vox populi".

Farther than stars:

Legion:
It may be a good idea to edit the last paragraph to clarify that the Bioshock book was a prequel to the game, but was not published until after it's release. When I first read it I assumed you meant that the books content came after the game, not the date it was released.

Well, to be fair, the title of the article does clearly say "prequel".

Not the book I was talking about. I specifically said the last paragraph where they were referring to the Bioshock: Rapture book, the one based around the first game.

Legion:

Farther than stars:

Legion:
It may be a good idea to edit the last paragraph to clarify that the Bioshock book was a prequel to the game, but was not published until after it's release. When I first read it I assumed you meant that the books content came after the game, not the date it was released.

Well, to be fair, the title of the article does clearly say "prequel".

Not the book I was talking about. I specifically said the last paragraph where they were referring to the Bioshock: Rapture book, the one based around the first game.

Oh, yeah, it looks like I misread what you wrote. Sorry for the mix-up.

Well I'm definitely interested in more info about Columbia even if it is a small amount.

 

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