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It is the year 2100A.D., humans have developed a virtual reality game. Feng lan, due to a bet with her brother, vows to beat the game without using her "female benefits". Due to this, she becomes the first transvestite of "Second Life".
Author(s) Yu Wo
Artist(s) Choi Hong Chong
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Romance, Shoujo
Warren's entire DP canon, particularly Run from the Future, presents us with a brave new world in which technology has permeated every aspect of our daily lives, and indeed the very fabric of our being. Kei and Yuri, were are told, are "Lucien Upgrades": a combination of genetic enhancements and cybernetic implants. This gives them a wide variety of superpowers; and as if that weren't enough they also carry an arsenal of technical gadgetry that puts Batman's utility belt to shame. Chameleon-like Kei and Yuri can change their hair, eye, and skin color at will, as well as use their brains to "hack in" to minds both artificial and biological. Weapons of choice include the Gee-M (TM) Gravitational Manipulation Field Weapon, Shok (TM) Gloves, and the "Tape Boy" (don't ask). Pitted against the Lovely Angels are an equally impressive array of "upgraded" baddies....this reader's favorite is a criminal whose mind has been implanted into a robotic Teddy Roosevelt.
One of the things that makes RFTF such an enjoyable read is that no matter how outlandish the tech gets, it all remains oddly believable. Every ridiculous gizmo or genetic alteration is given a reasonably scientific explanation, so that it's seems somehow plausible that in 2141 mankind will be able to traverse the galaxy in an organic starship, or mentally swap bodies with the person sitting next to them. And unlike many futuristic cyberpunk fantasies, the technical marvels aren't reserved solely for a few privileged individuals. Everyone who's anyone in the Dirty Pair universe wields some sort of oddball "enhanced" power or whacked-out weapon. So where does Joe-schmoe get his hyper-intelligent Smart Gun? He doesn't have to look far, thanks to Warren's satiric vision of a world where everything high-tech has fused with rampant commercialism on an unprecedented scale. Each page is stuffed with clearly-labeled products of all sorts, each with a catchy little commercial name ("Proust-in-a-Can", for example), and the impression is given that all these handy-dandy little gadgets are available at your local convenience store. Warren gives his satire of over-commercialism an extra punch by often including trademark and copyright symbols at the end of all his imaginary products. Perhaps this also helps to lend credibility to such a zany vision of the future; for if man can truly achieve such technological heights, he will surely market the hell out of them. It makes for funny, and perhaps a little frightening, reading.