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ISBN: 9780345457684
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Del Rey - March 4th, 2003

Fans of the movie Blade Runner and/or the writings of Philip K Dick will love Richard K Morgan's science fiction/noir crime thriller Altered Carbon. Set in the 25th Century, human consciousness can be digitized and downloaded into different bodies (called sleeves). Takeshi Kovacs is an ex-soldier of the UN Envoy, a highly trained military corps used in interstellar warfare.

After being killed as a criminal on Harland planet, Kovacs' consciousness is transferred to Earth and downloaded into the body of a former police detective in Bay City (San Francisco). In order to avoid imprisonment, Kovacs must solve an attempted murder of a powerful business tycoon. Kovacs is pulled into the underworld where he runs into old enemies and unravels a global conspiracy.

Intricate plot, fast pace, plausible technology, noir anti-hero, richly imagined future world. Altered Carbon is on my shortlist for best ever science fiction novel.