Altered Carbon is the first novel in the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy and is set in a dystopian future where most people have had “cortical stacks” implanted in their spinal columns, which store their memories and personalities. In this world you can survive your death but, unless you’re very rich, will have to go through the entire ageing process all over again – in many ways similar to starting a modern
Gran Turismo, then. The book won Morgan the 2003 Philip K Dick Award for best novel and secured a film deal with Matrix producer Joel Silver reputedly worth seven figures. Morgan’s other series, the ‘A Land Fit For Heroes’ trilogy, eschews sci-fi for traditional fantasy.