Watch the New Netflix Adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s ALTERED CARBON
The cinematic scope of Richard K. Morgan’s genre-bending science fiction book, ALTERED CARBON (Del Rey), made it a natural for screen adaptation. Now streaming exclusively on Netflix, this ten-episode series takes place more than 350 years into the future, when 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.
Brought back to life after 250 years by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), the richest man on Earth, ex-Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman / Will Yun Lee) must solve Bancroft’s attempted murder for the chance to live again in a world he doesn’t recognize.
In 2003, ALTERED CARBON won the Philip K. Dick Award, was a New York Times notable book, and made that year’s Best lists for The New York Times, Library Journal, and Locus Magazine, among others.
There are also two more books in the series that take place after ALTERED CARBON: BROKEN ANGELS and WOKEN FURIES.
Morgan’s next standalone novel, THIN AIR, will be released on July 31.
Watch the ALTERED CARBON Netflix series trailer: