Richard K. Morgan shared the above trailer on Twitter, and it kind of made my day. This coming February, Netflix will release Altered Carbon, their TV adaptation of Richard Morgan’s novel of the same name. I am very much looking forward to this.
Altered Carbon, the author’s debut novel, was first published in the UK by Gollancz, in 2002 (it’s published in the US by Del Rey). I picked up the paperback, and it blew me away. It was the first sci-fi novel that I’d read that wasn’t set in a shared universe — up to that point, my SF reading was pretty much only Star Wars and Black Library books. Just as Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora changed the way I looked at fantasy, so too did Morgan change the way I looked at sci-fi. I bought the two follow-ups, Broken Angels and Woken Furies, on their days of release, and also Morgan’s stand-alone sci-fi thriller Black Man.
Here’s the synopsis for Altered Carbon:
Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization 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.
Gollancz has also published Morgan’s Market Forces, and his grimdark fantasy series, A Land Fit for Heroes. Interestingly (maybe), the first book review I ever wrote was for Market Forces, for my university paper. The books editor completely butchered what I’d written, which is partly why I started writing reviews for my own outlets: my music fanzine (named M.W.R.I., a reference to Pratchett’s Soul Music and its “Music With Rocks In”), which I laid out in MS Publisher, printed and distributed while I was an undergraduate and, later, Civilian Reader. Good times.
I am very much looking forward to February 2018!