David Cronenberg's Existenz

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-09-01
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd

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From the award-winning master of new wave horror films comes a mesmerizing new story of the strange and the unexpected. Based on David Cronenberg's screenplay, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Willem Dafoe, this is the graphic novel of the movie eXistenZ, drawn by talented graphic artist Sean Scoffield. The story revolves around eXistenZ, a virtual reality game of wild and unpredictable fantasy invented by the gaming goddess, Allegra Geller. Using biotechnic adaptations, her new game is plugged directly into each player's spinal cord. Because the gaming pod has access to the memories, anxieties and preoccupations of its players, the direction each game takes depends entirely on who's playing. The game is so realistic that players often cannot tell which dimension they are inhabiting. While gaming devices plug in at the unveiling of eXistenZ, an assassin tries to kill Allegra Geller with a strange but deadly gristle gun made of human flesh that fires human teeth. In the confusion, Allegra is rescued by bodyguard Ted Pikul, and so begins an adventure in which nothing is what it seems and rival guerrilla factions fight and kill for who will control the dangerously intriguing game of eXistenZ. At stake is the very notion of what we know as the real world. In this disturbingly labyrinthine world of morphing realities, master fantasist David Cronenberg holds us spellbound as we weave toward the unexpected climactic ending to this tale about the fragility of reality.

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