Unable to afford a Lenz—an advanced vision-enhancement contact lens—disgraced actor Henry Hoo struggles to stay relevant. Without a presence in the Lenz channels, he’s become as invisible to the citizens of Shibido as the displaced islander tribe sleeping on the streets. Immersed in the mixed-reality of the Lenz, the public see more of what they want to see and less of what they don’t.
So when creator of the Lenz, Josh Mackenzie, offers Henry a role in promoting his next game-changing invention, Henry believes he’s securing some short-term security. But the deeper he’s immersed in the Lenz’ mixed-reality, the more he’s confronted by Ben, an unpredictable stranger, who protests the Lenz 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. What could he do, anyway, to help the homeless islanders? He’s got his own impending eviction to avoid, and he’s hoping the Lenz will show him how. 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 role—to be someone real in a world of uncertainty.
A fantastic and romantic sci-fi, this page-turning adventure takes a satirical look at today through the Lenz of the future.
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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