Altered Carbon

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Pub Date: 04/09/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780575081246
Availability: In Stock
Quick overview A Dubray Staff Recommended Read... An amazingly confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel.
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This wonderful blend of futuristic thriller and traditional detective mystery will appeal to fans of Cyberpunk classics like Bladerunner. Set in a future that is both alien and familiar, where a person's consciousness can be copied to a new body after death, this novel explores ideas like 'are we the same person if we're wearing a different body?' in fun, strange and dark ways. This is a clever story full of blazing action, larger-than-life characters and slick dialogue. Never a dull moment!

Recommended by Patrick Gavin, Dubray Galway

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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