Altered Carbon


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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.

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Christopher W

Feb 28, 2013

Welcome to the future

Great book! A detective story set in a future time filled with body-swapping, chemical and genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence and a rogues gallery of villains and henchmen. This book bathed in the waters of noir masters, and was transported well into the future to create a fantastic, Blade Runner-esque thriller that keeps you turning page after page.


Jan 22, 2009

Great Read!

I loved this book, telling of a suicide investigation commissioned by the victim! He was restored into a new body, but had no recollection of the murder or suicide because he had been uploaded before he killed himself?


Apr 18, 2007

Hard-boiled cop meets hard sci-fi! Pow!

This sci-fi whodunnit is a compelling look at a future where the body is just a "sleeve," while the soul sits on a cortical chip, transferable at will -- providing you have the money. Our offworld hero, Kovacs, has been paroled to solve a crime: did a man who has lived in countless clones of his own body kill himself, or was he murdered? Morgan stays true to the crime format, sending Kovacs to investigate every den of vice in Bay City, while depicting an innovative and thorough future Earth. Though the formula becomes a bit worn toward the end, it's worth a read for the thoughtful critique of class barriers, as well as some memorable fights and sex scenes.

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