Simulacron 1 is a highly advanced project, designed to elevate conventional computer technology to a new level by creating a virtual reality inhabited by computer-generated people of 'identity units'. When the head of the project dies mysteriously after showing signs of mental disturbance, Dr Stiller becomes his successor. However, Stiller also begins to behave bizarrely. He speaks of people disappearing whom no one else knows, believes someone is trying to murder him and had nausea attacks. As he begins to probe deeper into Simulacron, the line between the real and virtual world becomes increasingly blurred and his own existence is questioned.
Weird, striking, awesomely original.
- World on a Wire review by BS
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Paranoid and inventive take on the concept of virtual reality. If you love Kubrick's greats and Philip K Dick, this will feel like some sort of pilgrimage. It should be a cornerstone of any study around dystopia and science fiction in the way Metropolis is.