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.

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