Surrogates are virtually linked android representations of the user, who sits comfortably at home. Complete sensory emersion takes place through a device that rests on the temples of the users. The reasons for owning a surrogate expand upon the current desires for a virtual self -- control over body-image, access to distant locations, or a myriad of other reasons -- that are conveyed to readers through product advertisements woven between chapters. But not everyone can afford a surrogate and the dystopia abounds with the rich interplay society and the cybernetic technology.
In the world of The Surrogates, people never stop getting input and experience from a disembodied source. For many with cyberspace lifestyles, such a non-corporeal existence is not a great step from their current life. Already in post-production, a Hollywood feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames, called simply Surrogates, will be released September 25th of this year.