Altered Carbon

by Richard K. Morgan

3.85 avg rating
Book 24 of 241 in the Best Science Fiction Books
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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. . . .


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4 comments
Anonymous | 2013-02-01 06:56:43
One of the best cyberpunk detective novels out there
fea | 2013-12-10 10:15:27
Great action book with good ideas. Would not quite call it cyberpunk though; there is some action in virtual word but most of it down to earth. The whole Takeshi Kitano series is great. People who liked Richard Morgan would definitely like Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko with "GENOM" series and especially "Line of Delirium" - highly recommended.
Andrew | 2015-01-21 10:32:14
Full of psychobable, false data, random action scenes that where just thrown in to have action and where not needed at all and film noir cardboard cut-out characters. It was just not well written or original and and the dialog was just bad.
OMG! | 2018-10-05 12:59:05
Altered carbon was one of the best series I have ever read. I can certify that I did the whole series while on the treadmill, and it didn't seem difficult at all. This is the quality o writing in this book.
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