Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan

Altered Carbon

By Richard Morgan

  • Release Date: 2008-12-09
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 5
From 47 Ratings
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This must-read story is a confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel from a multi-award-winning author.

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.


  • Good book

    By Gfgggdffhfddghy
    Read it then watch it.
  • Excellent Read!

    By Philjoo
    Richard Morgan has a fantastic imagination that has created a very stimulating read. This book has an intriguing plot and great action, involving people dealing with their lives that are made complicated by technology. When I occasionally put the book down, I found myself talking with my wife about the concepts within it. A fantastic read. Highly recommended!
  • Best Sci Fi Book I ever read!

    By frolicols
    This book has everything. I can't recommend it highly enough. I hope Hollywood option it and do it justice. Takeshi Kovacs FTW!
  • Masterful

    By SiKee
    What an amazing novel. I read this with a growing realisation that the author is pushing the genre envelope, not trotting out hackneyed pulp. The language he uses fires the imagination without jarring, the storyline is exciting and the characterisation detailed, but not detracting. Highly recommended!
  • Simply Awesome.

    By RJCWaller
    Think Battlestar Galactica meets Blade Runner and then some. This first book in the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy of books by Richard Morgan is absolutely brilliant as are the second and third. I am genuinely upset that there aren't more books on the Kovacs character. Extremely recommended!