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September's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Please join us as we discuss Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, winner of the 2003 Philip K. Dick award. This amazing debut novel is a mix of cyberpunk and hardboiled detective noir. The novel is the first of the Takeshi Kovacs series, but stands alone well. The book is of middling length, at about 526 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From Amazon:

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 . . .

An exhilirating and glossy adventure . . . What makes Altered Carbon a winner is the quality of Morgan’s prose. For every piece of John Woo action there is a stunning piece of reflective description, a compelling sense of place, and abundant 24-karat witticisms.”  — SFX Magazine

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    Wonderful session with eye-opening discussion! I now know yet ANOTHER reason I wouldn't want to live in the "Altered Carbon" world...waking up after re-sleeving, with the very least...if I were lucky! Thanx to all for such a lively discussion, and all the fun and hijinx that ensued!

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Excellent discussion. There was some discussion over whether a future version of a Special Forces/ James Bond operative (Envoy) would be the best pick as a discrete detective in a high tech detective story but I liked it. I think there was general agreement that Red Bull might help in waking up from the re-sleeving process, getting a new body with the same old mind is a little weird, but more caffeine never hurts on general principle. (One in our group has the same philosophy about hot sauce; it would certainly make you wake up faster.)

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Vijay

    We're just a few days away, so please update your RSVP if your availability has changed to avoid a no-show. Thanks, and see you soon!

    September 19, 2013

  • Amy Z

    I'm going to be up in Baltimore for workshop this day. Catch you all later!

    September 16, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone. Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks!

    September 16, 2013

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