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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
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Altered Carbon (2002)

by Richard K. Morgan

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Series: Takeshi Kovacs (1)

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Altered Carbon’s film noir detective tale inside a sci-fi wrapper is a great story. Good enough to be adapted by Hollywood, quite successfully it seems. However, therein lay its flaws. Many times, a character’s mannerisms and movements were described so perfectly that I could see them happening. But they were little cliches picked up from watching movies and scattered between the action. Several sex scenes, and an armament scene straight out of James Bond were larger cliches that may have been necessary for the story, but seemed to be included because they were required for the genre. The sci-fi wrapper is based on the ability to digitize the human mind, and an entire interstellar society is built from that. The details and their implications were fascinating, but seem mainly there to support the plot. Morgan does often throw in a line or two, such as “... we are composed of matter in constant flux ... colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying, and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulse and precariously stacked carbon code memory.” However, I would have liked a deeper exploration of the philosophical consequences. In the end, it seemed rather “soulless.” ( )
  drardavis | Apr 29, 2019 |
Der Klappentext ist etwas verwirrend, denn irgendwie findet man nichts darüber im Buch, dass Kovacs fünfhundert Jahre lang eingelagert war. Aber davon abgesehen ist die Geschichte, die Morgan hier gesponnen hat, Cyberpunk vom Feinsten. Erzählt wird die Geschichte aus der ICH-Perspektive von Takeshi Kovacs, mit dem ich selbst nur langsam warm wurde. Trotzdem war ich von der ersten Seite an gefesselt.

Kovacs wurde von Laurens Bancroft angeheuert und aus der Einlagerung rausgeholt, um Bancrofts Mord aufzuklären, der sich nicht damit abfinden will, dass die Polizei behauptet, er habe sich selbst umgebracht. Bancroft ist über 300 Jahre alt, steinreich und hat mehrere Klone von sich, die er nutzen kann. Die Idee des digitalen Downloads ist im Science-Fictionbereich nicht neu, allerdings hat Morgan das hier geschickt umgesetzt.

Unterstützt wird Kovacs von der Polizistin Lieutenant Ortega, wenn auch anfangs eher widerwillig, da sie absolut nichts für Leute wie Bancroft übrig hat, die allgemein hin als Methusalems bzw. abfällig Meths bezeichnet werden.

Man wird von Morgan auf eine verrückte Reise durch die Welt mitgenommen und mit vielen Dingen konfrontiert, die nachdenklich stimmen. Auch hier wieder die Thematik, wie sich Menschen verändern, wenn sie unendlich lange leben können und der Tod kein Ende für die eigene Existenz darstellt. Schön fand ich dabei, dass der Kontrast zwischen reich und arm verdeutlicht wurde. Während die Reichen ihre eigenen Sleeves (also Körper, in die sie heruntergeladen werden) haben, kann sich der Normalbürger in der Regel nur fremde Sleeves leisten und meistens auch nur ein oder zwei weitere Resleeving-Vorgänge, was bedeutet, dass die Normalbürger immer eine volle Lebenszeit durchmachen bevor sie einen neuen Sleeve bekommen, während die Reichen eher dauerhaft „jung“ bleiben. Trotzdem verändert auch die Reichen die Aussicht, ewig und jung leben zu können und sie müssen sich mit ihren eigenen Dämonen zwangsläufig auseinandersetzen.

Den Leser konfrontiert Morgan mit Folter in virtueller Realität, Drogen und Prostitution. Leider hat das Buch dadurch einige Längen, die zwar helfen, die Welt zu vertiefen, in der man sich befindet, was aber auch hätten wegfallen können, ohne der Geschichte zu schaden. Gerade die Folterszenen hätte man getrost verkürzen können.

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Alles in allem hat mir das Buch ausgesprochen gut gefallen und Kovacs ist mir nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten im Laufe der Geschichte sehr ans Herz gewachsen. Ich denke, Teil 2 werde ich auch irgendwann lesen müssen. Klare Lese-Empfehlung für alle Fans von gutem Cyberpunk und jene SF-Fans, die sich bisher noch nicht an dieses Genre rangewagt haben. Wem Bladerunner gefallen hat, der ist auch hier gut aufgehoben. „Altered Carbon: Das Unsterblichkeitsprogramm“ war das erste Werk von Autor Richard Morgan und für einen Erstlingsroman ist er sehr gut gelungen. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
Comienza muy bien, sigue regular y no termina tan bien. Las cuatro estrellas son a penas. Un extraño caso en que la adaptación a la televisión es de mayor uniformidad y con mejor ritmo. ( )
  maxtrek | Jan 30, 2019 |
Having seen the Netflix series I decided to try the book when I realized that such a thing does exist.
Morgan knows how to write SciFi, for sure, and has his own style and story and dystopia. But I was really fascinated to recognise the Ross MacDonald style dark crime mixed with the Alfred Bester's distorted perception storyline skills and Frederik Pohl's way to make you live the future. I loved it. ( )
1 vote hirvela | Jan 27, 2019 |
This was one of those "How have you not read this yet?" recommendations, and I'm glad for it, because this was excellent.
Lots of really good characters, an engrossing whodunit, and enough speculation of the costs of post-humanity to make me REALLY wish some of my friends had been reading this along with me. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
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In this rousing first novel, Morgan reimagines Chandler's "Big Sleep" as 25th-century noir, with a Philip Marlowe-esque protagonist trying to avoid "real death" in a world where serial resurrection is a privilege of the rich and ruthless.
 

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This book is for my father and mother: JOHN for his iron endurance and unflagging generosity of spirit in the face of adversity & MARGARET for the white hot rage that dwells in compassion and a refusal to turn away.
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Two hours before dawn, I sat in the peeling kitchen and smoked one of Sarah's cigarettes , listening to the maelstrom and waiting (Prologue).
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Pull on the new flesh like borrowed gloves
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An electronic demon, a malignant spirit that dwelled in altered carbon and emerged only to possess flesh and wreak havoc.
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In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .


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In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself - a person's consciousness can be easily downloaded into a new body, making death nearly obsolete. Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly brutal. Resleeved into a new body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), Kovacs is thrown into a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that buys and sells human existence. As a warrior-for-hire, he is called to help a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution. But when a rogue pilot and a sleazy corporate fat cat offer him a lucrative role in a treacherous treasure hunt, he's only too happy to go AWOL with a band of resurrected soldiers of fortune. All that stands between them and the ancient alien spacecraft they mean to salvage are a massacred city bathed in deadly radiation, unleashed nanotechnology with a million ways to kill, and whatever surprises the highly advanced Martian race may have in store.… (more)

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