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And not necessarily the body you last had. But this technology has given birth to altered carbon richard morgan class distinctions. Only the richest folks can afford the best resleeving, and the top tier of those, derisively called "Meths" after Methuselahcan afford to have their own bodies cloned repeatedly and kept on ice in swanky private clinics, effectively becoming immortal.

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The hoi polloi, on the other hand, have to make do as best they can, their families often barely able to afford the storage fees. And they're altered carbon richard morgan subject to the indignity of having their own bodies used as sleeves by others while their own stacks languish in storage a common penalty for almost any crime.

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Altered carbon richard morgan of crime, sleeving has redefined it as well. What was once murder is now called "organic damage," and the victim can be pulled out of storage to testify, unless, for religious reasons, they have a conscientious objection placed against their revival.

You can still actually kill someone for good, by destroying their stack.

While most crimes will land a person a century or two in storage, some, like "real death," can get you erased. Altered carbon richard morgan Altered Carbon is an often brutal noir-ish thriller set in a world where life can't seem to come any cheaper.

Takeshi Kovacs is a former Envoy for the Protectorate, a conservative U.

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For me, it was a confusing novel that altered carbon richard morgan me confused. Every time I thought I knew what happened, there would be some weird shift seemingly out of left field and I was lost again. Often I was not sure where they were or what altered carbon richard morgan were doing.

Then, as before I would start to think I knew what was happening and the shift would happen again. Maybe this is appropriate for a book where people keep switching bodies.


Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient altered carbon richard morgan discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. A UN resolution to alter this legal position forms one strand of the novel's plot, to allow the authorities to sleeve a deceased Catholic woman temporarily to testify in a murder trial.

While most people can afford to get resleeved at the end of their lives, they are unable to update their bodies altered carbon richard morgan most go through the full aging process each time, which discourages most from resleeving more than once or twice.

So while normal people can live indefinitely in theory, most choose not to. Only the wealthy are able to acquire replacement bodies on a continual basis. The long-lived are called Meths, a reference to the Biblical figure Methuselah. The very rich are also able to keep copies of their minds in remote storage, which they update regularly.

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