Residents of the coastal city Shibido barely notice the number of islanders flooding in from a shrinking archipelago. Immersed in the mixed-reality of their enhancement lenses, the residents see more of what they want to see and less of what they don’t.
But the island refugees aren’t the only ones at risk of becoming invisible.
Struggling actor Henry Hoo is desperate to outrun the creeping tide of technology threatening to replace him. He accepts a dicey role to promote an event where lens wearers can star in a movie all about themselves. But the more he believes he’s securing his career, the more he’s confronted by Ben, an unpredictable stranger, who protests the lens is erasing the islander tribe from people’s memories. The last thing Henry’s re-invention needs, however, is an inconvenient awareness or an impossible romance.
As his sense of self blurs with what he discovers about his own past, he soon finds he must fight to regain his identity. If only he could be sure of what’s real and what isn’t, because the fates of both citizen and refugee alike may depend on him rising to his most challenging—to be the real Henry Hoo.
The seaside metropolis of Shibido is protected from the rising seas by a hundred foot high sea wall. To research these walls and the effect they have on people, I visited the largest walls being built in Japan. There is a meaning in them for all of us!
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Also by Damien Lutz, "Amanojaku"
Andre Cross keeps his volatile temper on a sturdy leash—an implant auto-medicating him to subdue his violent impulses. But when he meets the intriguing android Mo Da, he discovers the implant not only sedates his aggression, it also subdues his ability to love. Andre's desires unravel his carefully controlled plans, delivering him to a place where even his implant may not contain his rising emotions, or the madness of Amanojaku determined to consume him.