The Lenz

Struggling actor Yoshi Goto is disappearing.

He needs a starring role, and fast, or he’ll end up as forgotten as the displaced islander tribe living by the sea-wall. If only he could afford an augmented reality Lenz, then he could focus on his career reinvention and forget all about the rising seas coming for them all. But when he's offered a Lenz and a role in a mixed-reality experience like no other, unusual events challenge him to see beyond the Lenz's illusions. The last thing his re-invention needs—he thinks—is an inconvenient awareness, an impossible romance, or islander magic.

It’s 2039. Ten years have passed since the Earth Shift tsunamis devastated the world, and some fear there’ll be more. To forget the uncertain future, the citizens of the coastal city of Shibido immerse themselves in the Maya Lenz—an augmented reality contact lens that hides what they don’t want to see. Even when the rising seas force an islander tribe to take up residence by Shibido’s sea wall, it’s months before they’re noticed.

Unable to afford a Lenz, Yoshi sees the refugees, and he fears becoming just as invisible. So, when Maya offer him a Lenz and a role in their next mixed-reality project, he’s all in. But with the flaws of his goals 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 fears he’s losing his grip on reality. But something even more magical than the Lenz, and more profound than love, is demanding Yoshi rise to his most challenging role—to be someone real in a world of uncertainty.

Blending the technological, spiritual and supernatural, this tale of regained hope in a fantastically imagined augmented future will touch you deeply. Buy a copy now and immerse yourself in the mind-bending mixed reality of The Lenz.

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The Lenz is administered via a liquid infused with nanobots which colonise the technology on the eye.

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.

Scenes from The Lenz.

2039. It’s been years since the Earth Shift devastated the world with tsunamis, and some believe there’ll be more.

To forget the uncertain future, the citizens of the Japanese coastal city of Shibido immerse themselves in the Maya Lenz—an augmented reality contact lens that hides what they don’t want to see. Even when rising seas force an islander tribe to take up residence by Shibido’s sea wall, it’s months before the refugees are noticed.

Struggling Actor Yoshi Goto sees the refugees, though, and he fears becoming just as invisible—he hasn’t had a decent role in a year. If only he could afford a Lenz, then he could focus on his reinvention and forget about the sea coming for them all.

So when Maya offer Yoshi a Lenz and a role in their next mixed-reality project, he’s all in. But the deeper he’s immersed in the Lenz, the more a magnetic and unpredictable guy named Kai challenges him to see beyond the illusions. The last thing his re-invention needs, however, is an inconvenient awareness or an impossible romance.

But something even more magical than the Lenz, and more profound than love, is demanding Yoshi rise to his most challenging role—to be someone real in a world of uncertainty.

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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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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