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Altered Carbon (#1 Takeshi Kovacs)

Richard Morgan



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01 November 2008
Science fiction; Future Society; Dystopia; Aliens; Urban Sci-Fi; Advanced Technology; Detective Sci-Fi
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.
By:   Richard Morgan
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   331g
ISBN:   9780575081246
ISBN 10:   0575081244
Series:   Takeshi Kovacs
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   01 November 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Richard Morgan is 39 and was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Reviews for Altered Carbon (#1 Takeshi Kovacs)

An astonishing piece of work. Intriguing and inventive in equal proportions -- Peter F Hamilton Outstanding. An astonishing first novel * THE TIMES *

  • Winner of Philip K. Dick Award 2004
  • Winner of Philip K. Dick Award 2004 (UK)
  • Winner of Philip K. Dick Award 2004.

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