Coming to Netflix in 2017, 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 ...
Coming to Netflix in 2017, 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.
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Great book! A detective story set in a future time filled with body-swapping, chemical and genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence and a rogues gallery of villains and henchmen. This book bathed in the waters of noir masters, and was transported well into the future to create a fantastic, Blade Runner-esque thriller that keeps you turning page after page.
Jan 22, 2009
I loved this book, telling of a suicide investigation commissioned by the victim! He was restored into a new body, but had no recollection of the murder or suicide because he had been uploaded before he killed himself?
Apr 18, 2007
Hard-boiled cop meets hard sci-fi! Pow!
This sci-fi whodunnit is a compelling look at a future where the body is just a "sleeve," while the soul sits on a cortical chip, transferable at will -- providing you have the money. Our offworld hero, Kovacs, has been paroled to solve a crime: did a man who has lived in countless clones of his own body kill himself, or was he murdered? Morgan stays true to the crime format, sending Kovacs to investigate every den of vice in Bay City, while depicting an innovative and thorough future Earth. Though the formula becomes a bit worn toward the end, it's worth a read for the thoughtful critique of class barriers, as well as some memorable fights and sex scenes.
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