Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)

Richard K. Morgan
In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Reviewed: 2019-09-16
An excellent look into a Science Fiction future. It combines some of my favorite parts of Detective Stories, Noir, and Transhumanism.
Reviewed: 2014-09-05

Cyberpunk meets detective fiction. That sounds odd but Morgan knows what he's doing. There are a lot of interesting ideas and background details in that novel that is really reminiscent of Blade Runner. As usual, Morgan has some graphic sex scenes and vivid violence in there. Altered Carbon is a very good read and thus highly recommended!

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