I thoroughly enjoyed Richard Morgan’s ‘Altered Carbon’ and was excited to hear it was being adapted for TV in the form of a Netflix show. I love good, well thought out sci-Fi and this book has it in spades.
Set five hundred years in the future, humans have developed the technology that allows us to transfer our consciousness and memories from one, failing body into a younger, healthier body. Thus, giving those that can afford it a kind of immortality.
Of course, like all life-changing technology, it’s not evenly distributed and the wealthy have the very best experience of it. ‘Altered Carbon’ has a very noir feel to it, and it involves the investigation of an attempted murder (‘true murder’, where the victim’s consciousness chip itself is attacked) against an insanely wealthy man.
Lots of ins and outs, lots of plots twists, some fantastically evocative descriptions and gut-wrenching action and violence. It’s definitely once of my favourite books of the last few years. It was written in 2002, but I only came across it a few years ago. And if you like this, you’ll be delighted to know there are two follow-up books in the series.
Here’s the trailer from Netflix – the series arrives in early February 2018: