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The year is 2054, and life has been reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the personal surrogate, android substitutes that let users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It's a perfect world, and it's up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way. But to do so they’ll need to stop a techno-terrorist bent on returning society to a time when people lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them.
In the tradition of William Gibson and Philip K. Dick, The Surrogates is more than just an action story with sci-fi trappings. Applying familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways, The Surrogates is about progress and whether there exists a tipping point at which technological advancement will stop enhancing and start hindering our lives. It is also a commentary on identity, the Western obsession with physical appearance, and the growing trend to use science as a means of providing consumers with beauty on demand.
This volume collects all five issues of the critically-acclaimed comic book miniseries. Packed with bonus content, inside you will find never-before-seen sketches and artwork, as well as commentary from the creative team that brought this breakout story to the page.
"The Best Indie Book of 2005. Sci-fi tales are making a comeback and The Surrogates is quietly leading the charge." IGN
"Good science fiction is hard to come by, but Venditti’s blend of technology, crime drama and social commentary makes for the most original sci-fi mythology in years." Wizard Magazine
Top Shelf, paperback, page count TBC, published August 2006
From the Kirkus review: a futuristic tale of a society in which nearly everyone experiences life through an android surrogate. After reading sci-fi greats William Gibson and Philip K. Dick and a sociological study of online gamers’ growing obsession with their gaming personas, writer Robert Venditti says, “It occurred to me that if there was a way to don an artificial identity in the real world…many people [might] choose to live their lives that way, whether for reasons of vanity, personal security, or just out of the very human desire to be something other than themselves.”
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