No. of Recommendations: 4
https://www.amazon.com/Altered-Carbon-Takeshi-Kovacs-Richard...

[It's also a Netflix series. I read the novel]

Set in the 25th century, this novel incorporates AI, genetics, anti-aging, cloning, transferring the "mind" between physical bodies, transporting a "mind" as an electronic pulse between planets, storing the "mind" ...

That "mind" stuff is based on the ability to download a person's "mind" to a computer, then copy it, upload it, edit it, etc. The rich clone their bodies, then as one wears out or is damaged, their mind is copied to a new body. The rich are 300+ years old. The rich "put on a new body" like we put on different clothes. Want to go snow skiing? We put on ski wear. In Altered Carbon, they will put on an athletic ski trained body, before putting on the ski clothing.

The concept of "a woman/man trapped in a man's/woman's body" is irrelevant in the 25th century.

Synthetics - a lab grown body. Cheap is available, but if you want more realistic, that costs more, if you want special abilities, that costs more.

Suck the mind out of some one, put it into a virtual reality and have a meeting? Depose a witness for an investigation.

Criminals are punished (humanely) by having their mind downloaded, placed in storage, and their physical body "stored"... For a fee. If the criminal or her family cannot pay the storage fees, the physical body will be sold to someone else. When the criminal serves her time, she will be released into some "available" body.

Altered Carbon is a 25th century "film noir", private-eye thriller. Our hero is a psychopath, smokes, drinks, saves the day, gets the chicks, etc, and ends perhaps a bit tragically.

I found it interesting due to the fantastically imagined applications and development of science.

And the story held together.

5/5!
ralph

The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice.
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