In a near future, tsunamis and rising seas force an islander tribe to take up residence by the sea wall of the Japanese coastal city of Shibido. To un-see such reminders of the world's uncertain future, Shibido's citizens have immersed themselves in the Maya Lenz—an advanced mixed reality contact lens that filters out what they don’t want to see.
Unable to afford a Lenz, unemployed actor Yoshi Goto fears becoming just as invisible as the forgotten tribe. So when metaverse corporation Maya offer him a Lenz and a role in their next mixed reality project, he’s all in.
But as flaws in his goals are exposed by a magnetic stranger named Kai, his career threatened by doppelgänger androids, and his vision haunted by a homeless boy who may or may not be real, Yoshi struggles to keep a grip on his new opportunity... and reality.
Something even more magical than the Lenz, however, and more profound than love, is demanding he rise to his most challenging role—to be someone real in a world of increasing uncertainty.
Blending the technological, spiritual and supernatural, this tale of regained hope in a fantastically imagined dystopian metaverse will touch you deeply.
How the Lenz works
The Lenz is administered via a liquid infused with nanobots which colonise the technology on the eye.
Research, prototypes, artwork, and speculations from the future of The Lenz.
Lenz product page
A design fiction exploring what a promotional web page migth look liek for The Lenz.
Sea Wall Mini-doco
As part of my research for The Lenz, I travelled to Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture, Japan, to speak to locals about the sea walls being built against future tsunamis. Click the image to watch this 1 minute mini-documentary.
Also by Damien Lutz
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.
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