Altered Carbon  by Richard K. Morgan  was the 58th official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Mar 1, 2014 - Mar 31, 2014

How/Why was this book chosen:

It won a Poll  of Sword &Laser's Goodreads Group members.

Votes % Book Author
129 25.8 Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan
92 18.4 The Long Earth Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
71 14.2 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Philip K. Dick
56 11.2 The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury
48 9.6 Consider Phlebas Iain M. Banks
36 7.2 The Martian Andy Weir
22 4.4 House of Suns Alistair Reynolds
14 2.8 Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler
12 2.4 Roadside Picnic Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
5 1 Tuf Voyaging George R. R. Martin
4 0.8 The Prefect Alastair Reynolds
3 0.6 Armored John Joseph Adams
3 0.6 Armor John Steakley
3 0.6 The Dragon Never Sleeps Glen Cook
1 0.2 Into the Storm Taylor Anderson

Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of Altered Carbon

Sword & Laser Podcasts and Videos: Kick Off: S&L 165   Check In: S&L 167 Wrap Up: S&L 169

Altered Carbon by Richard K. MorganEdit

It's the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person's consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body [or "sleeve"], making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City [formerly San Francisco], 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.