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Altered Carbon

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Appears on 16 lists in total.
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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 cons...

  • Author: Richard K. Morgan
  • Publish Date: 2003-03-04
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    Won 1 awards in total (1 unique awards)
  • 1 Philip K. Dick

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    2003 Philip K. Dick Award Winner: Altered Carbon

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    RE: Best Dystopian Science Fiction Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-02-01 06:56:43

    One of the best cyberpunk detective novels out there

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    RE: RE: Best Dystopian Science Fiction Books
    By: Anonymous
    2015-07-13 11:49:07

    It was an awesome book with great ideas and maybe the greatest ideas at its base....that humans can live forever ( for the right price)!!! Loved the whole trilogy!

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    By: 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.

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    By: 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.

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    RE: Altered Carbon
    By: 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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