Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan

Altered Carbon

By Richard Morgan

  • Release Date: 2008-12-09
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
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This must-read story is a confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel from a multi-award-winning author.

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn¿t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.

For a first-time SF writer to be so surely in command of narrative and technology, so brilliant at world-building, so able to write such readable and enjoyable SF adventure, is simply extraordinary.


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    By Other named user
    I never really enjoyed fiction novels until I discovered this book. It is truly brilliant. I'm sad that it appears to be recognized by so few. The writing, plot and characters completely draw you in to this universe that Richard has created. You just have to read it for yourself to discover how excellent it is. A must read for everyone who loves the sci-fi genre.