BioShock goes back to Rapture in new novel next week

Rapture – one of gaming’s most fascinating and atmospheric settings. Want to know how the city under the sea started out? Then pick up a copy of John Shirley’s new novel BioShock: Rapture, when it releases next week.

As the name suggest, the book explores the iconic setting and what it was like before it fell victim to splicers, evil little girls, and giant tin cans. Previous insight into the fall of Rapture has only been provided in the games’ audio diaries, so this should provide clearer context.

The book hits on July 19, though you can read an excerpt of it here if you simply can’t wait (although ignore the blurb that says the city was created by Jack Ryan). We can confirm to you now that it isn’t just a reprint of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.