Altered Carbon

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Ballantine Books, 2006 - Fiction - 526 pages
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In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .


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Takeshi Kovacs, formerly an Envoy and currently a convicted criminal, is transported to Earth to solve a mystery for the unbelievably rich and powerful Bancroft. All the physical evidence shows that ... Read full review

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Set in a [eerily familiar] San Francisco of the future, the ideas in this sci-fi novel challenge us and ultimately it's a hardboiled, non-stop action, fun read. I have read two other novels by Morgan ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
11
Section 4
65
Section 5
79
Section 6
98
Section 7
111
Section 8
149
Section 15
327
Section 16
339
Section 17
358
Section 18
392
Section 19
419
Section 20
424
Section 21
443
Section 22
452

Section 9
164
Section 10
176
Section 11
203
Section 12
248
Section 13
274
Section 14
294
Section 23
467
Section 24
482
Section 25
519
Section 26
527
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Following a career that included pastorates in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, and counseling and teaching positions in several colleges. Richard Morgan retired to devote his energies to writing and older adult ministries. He is currently a volunteer in pastoral care for residents with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He is also a national leader of seminars across the country on aging as a spiritual journey.

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