Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
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Altered Carbon

by Richard Morgan
Release date: February 2002
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictioncyberpunk
Tags: philip k. dick award

Philip K. Dick Award 2004. Locus Award nominee 2003.

Amazingly confident world-building, constant action, immensely readable. A superb debut from a bright new star in SF.

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.

(updated 2017-01-15)

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