Surrogates are Androids similar to those used as indentured labour in Karel Čapek’s R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots (1920; trans 1923), here recast as the empty vessels through which users in Near Future North America walk and talk their daily lives via remote telepresence from the safety of their own homes. When his son is assassinated with a Weapon that exploits the Technology underpinning these Robots, progenitor Scientist Lionel Canter (Cromwell) begins to take action to reverse the effects of his own Conceptual Breakthrough.

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