Thursday, January 16, 2014
Transreality by Chris Lackey
James Watson suffers from Capgras Syndrome: he recognizes everyone around him, his family and friends, but they just seem off to him, not real, like everyone he loves has been replaced by an exact duplicate. Luckily, the tiny town of Keighley, England has enough folks suffering from it to form a support group.
Only, it's a very rare problem - maybe one in a million people have it. James and his fellow capgras support group members fall down the rabbit hole when they discover that the truth is much weirder, and they're totally unprepared for what the future brings...
On his Kickstarter website, Chris Lackey says one of the reasons he was interested in tackling this as a graphic novel is that there aren't a whole lot of comics dealing in this particular kind of SF out there. I disagree - there's lots of manga (particularly Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell comes to mind) as well as the work of writers like Warren Ellis. Nevertheless, Lackey's Transreality is a great addition to the genre.
It should be orderable through your local comics shops (see below), but you can also get it from his website. If you enjoy good SF, or any work that pushes you to think hard about the nature of what it means to be human in our world of increasingly digitized selves, I highly recommend it.
(Update: It turns out the book won't be available at comics shops until March-- they're doing pre-orders now. I also added the cover because Blogger didn't like my earlier attempt)