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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
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Mar 30, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: scifi

A dark and brutal world where an individual's identity and experience is constantly "backed up" like software on a nearly indestructable device called a "stack" embedded in their spinal column.

This novel introduces ex-military, ex-mercenary, ex-everything antihero Takeshi Kovacs, who's identity is pulled out of storage and "resleeved" in a new body to help secure and ultimate solve a crime around a wealthy client.

The idea of human identity being downloadable brings up a large number of questions, outside of the personal ones, much of this novel is driven by how society puts limits around this capability, and "the powers that be" use it to their advantage.
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