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David Cronenberg's Existenz: A Graphic Novel

Cronenberg, David

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ISBN 10: 1552630277 / ISBN 13: 9781552630273
Published by Key Porter, Toronto, 1999
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Signed by David Cronenberg and Sean Scoffield on the title page, signature only. Based on the author's screenplay with the same title. Unread, perfect condition. David Cronenberg is the master of "new wave" horror films. Bookseller Inventory # 000225

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Title: David Cronenberg's Existenz: A Graphic Novel

Publisher: Key Porter, Toronto

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Trade Paperback

Illustrator: Scoffield, Sean

Book Condition:New

Edition: First Edition

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David Cronenberg is the visionary director of the modern classic films "Dead Ringers," "Naked Lunch" and "The Fly." An interview with Salman Rushdie inspired him to make a film about an artist who finds herself on a hit list, and must go into hiding.

Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Willem Dafoe, the Miramax film "eXistenZ" (winner: Silver Bear prize, 1999 Berlin Film Festival) is set in the near future, when game designers are worshipped as superstars, and players can actually enter games.

"eXistenZ" is a breakthrough gaming system invented by game goddess Allegra Geller. When downloaded into humans through a bioport fitted into the spine, eXistenZ accesses their nervous systems, transporting them on a wild ride that will shatter the line that separates fantasy from reality.

When anti-eXistenZ fanatics attempt to assassinate Allegra Geller, she is forced to flee into hiding. Her sole ally is a guard who is sworn to protect her. Allegra persuades him to play the game and draws them both into a phantasmagoric world where existence and eXistenZ begin - and perhaps will never end. This graphic-novel (comic-book) treatment of "eXistenZ" (based on David Cronenberg's screenplay) is by Sean Schoffield, who has drawn for Marvel and DC Comics.

The illustrations of the novel are inspired directly from frames of the film. The images are darkly gorgeous, colored with a "Cronenberg" mood. Sean Schoffield has recently completed a series of "X-Files" adaptations for Topps Comics.

Both Cronenberg and Scoffield live in Toronto.

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This novelization of David Cronenberg's film by established British SF writer Christopher Priest involves confusion between levels of reality, as portrayed so vividly in novels by Philip K. Dick. "eXistenZ" is an all-senses computer game that seems more real than the real world and allows unwary players to enter deeper games nested within games, with the possibility of getting lost in the virtual maze. (Was exiting the game just part of the game? Did I only dream I woke up?) Violence at the first "eXistenZ" demonstration sends its beautiful designer and a security guard fleeing into a multilevel nightmare. Cronenberg's theme of disturbing biotechnologies crops up repeatedly. The game "hardware" is all too like a living organ that links to a new, artificial body orifice. There are recurring appearances of a repugnant handgun built from small animals' bones and sinews, whose bullets are human teeth. After briefly threatening to lose its way in surrealism and horror, the story develops an interesting bite and ends with clever revelations. Aficionados will have guessed before then what's really going on, but for movie SF eXistenZ is cheeringly sophisticated. Not for the squeamish, though. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

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Our preferred method of sale will be through ABE's e-commerce. We will accept cheques. Our terms will be satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back. Bob & Rebecca Coltri, now semi-retired, share their collection of books, from their home, amassed over a life time as collectors, and over thirty years as professionals in the publishing and bookselling community. They can be reached at 619 Sanatorium Rd., London, Ontario, N6H 3W9, Canada, or by telephone at 519-657-1153, or by email at rcoltri@exe...

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