With the Netflix series available to stream right now I can think of few better choices for this week’s staff pick than Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon. Set in a distant future where human consciousness can be uploaded, stored, and moved to new bodies Altered Carbon is a cyberpunk noir that follows Takeshi Kovacs as he attempts to solve a murder. The catch with Kovacs’ new job is that the man who hired him is the same man who was murdered. Morgan doesn’t flinch for the ethical, spiritual, and psychological strain of digital immortality on both society and the individual.
Altered Carbon features unflinching violence bolstered by Morgan’s crackling prose. Altered Carbon is the first in series and is followed by Broken Angels and Woken Furies. Each novel is top-notch hardboiled cyberpunk science fiction.
For more on the Netflix series check out the trailer below: