Mass Effect (2007 Video Game)
Frequently Asked Questions
A book written by Drew Karpyshyn, who is also the lead writer for the video game. It is a prequel set 18 years before the events in Mass Effect, the game. The main character is David Anderson, who is also in the game (voiced by Keith David). The novel also gives reveals more on Saren Arterius, the main antagonist of the Mass Effect game. You don't need to read the novel to understand the story of the game, because they both tell a different story within the Mass Effect universe. Though, if you are excited about the game, I recommend reading Revelation.
You can read sample chapters and order the book online at http://masseffect.bioware.com/galacticcodex/revelation.html
Yes, under development by BioWare, Mass Effect is the first of a trilogy. Besides that, there are plans for episodic content on Xbox Live. EA has also confirmed that Mass effect will be a franchise for a very long time, hinting that the games may extend past 3 installments.
On the Mass Effect website at http://masseffect.bioware.com/
You could also go to the article on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_Effect