Assorted books

Various scientific monographs.

SECURITY ORDER 217: All Publications to Cease Distribution until Further Notice.
― Rapture Standard, Final Edition[src]

Rapture produced many different publications in its heyday. The underwater city promoted competition and a Laissez-faire economics environment, so journalism, publishing, and other facets of the print industry were divided among many different privately owned businesses.


News Vendor

Rapture's publications kept the many people of the city entertained and in the know. On the surface, a publisher might reject an individual's work for being too forward-thinking or risqué, but in Rapture, the only concern was whether a profit could be made. Whether it was the Bookstore in the Housewares department of Fontaine'sHarold Parson's meager shop in Pauper's Drop, or the various news vendors and kiosks in between, the citizens of Rapture had a wide variety of places where they could get their periodicals.

Like many businesses in Rapture, the print industry was dramatically affected by the 1958 New Year's Eve Riots, the Rapture Civil War, and the eventual collapse of civilized society. Under Security Order 217 all publications in Rapture were permanently suspended. From that point on, the PA System, controlled by Andrew Ryan, became the primary means of distributing information around the city.



Sofia Book

Dr. Lamb's Unity and Metamorphosis.


Burial at Sea magazines
  • Couture - Because You're Not One of Them
  • Magnate - Under the Coffers with Andrew Ryan
  • Rapture: Luxury You've Earned
  • Rapture Woman - Time-Saving Wonders!
  • Science and You
  • Stars and Screen[4]

Erotic Reading MaterialEdit

Dlcc magazine porno
  • Below Decks
  • Co-Eds - It's Never Too Late for an Education
  • The Farmer's Daughter - Ready to Get Down and Dirty
  • Lusts
  • Mother May I? - She Lived to Punish Men
  • Sinners at the Pearly Gates


Behind the ScenesEdit

I summon you to comradeship in the Red Cross Lusts

The "I summon you to comradeship in the Red Cross" poster.

  • The cover for the "Lusts" magazine featured Burial at Sea is based on an American Red Cross World War I "I summon you to comradeship in the Red Cross" poster, designed by Harrison Fisher.[5]
  • Two book models can be found in the game files of Burial at Sea - Episode 1, which were not used in-game. The books are named Agony & Truth and Collected Papers, the latter being written by Brigid Tenebaum[sic]. Due to Brigid Tenenbaum's name being misspelled on the cover, it can be assumed that it was a factor in why the models were not used.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Prop books from BioShock
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Seen in a stack of books in the Bookstore during Burial at Sea - Episode 1.
  3. Prop books from BioShock 2
  4. Mentioned by an Early Splicers in Fontaine's: "Hello? You from the "Stars and Screen" magazine?"
  5. I summon you to comradeship in the Red Cross on Propaganda Poster Store