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Titre : ALTERED CARBON
Éditeur : Gollancz ., London
Date d'édition : 2002
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, boards. First edition. Winner of the 2004 Philip K. Dick Award. ". this violent, fast-paced first novel is a prime example of latter-day cyberpunk. In a world in which everyone's mind is stored in a digitized 'cortical stack,' making it possible to 'resleeve' people into new bodies, natural or accidental death is virtually unknown. Super-agent Takeshi Kovacs is 'resleeved' into a cop's body and sent to investigate the murder of a prominent citizen, but if he is to succeed, he must first survive a number of violent attacks by unknown assailants, not to mention an encounter with a police officer who used to love the original owner of his new body." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-787. Sequel is BROKEN ANGELS (2003). Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #69. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#126604). N° de réf. du libraire 126604
Synopsis : Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilisation 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. A new SF writer completely in command of narrative and technology, writing purely readable and enjoyable SF adventure. This is the first book in a series that will take the reader into an unfolding story that will encompass countless thousands of years and unlock the secret of a lost civilisation.
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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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