Altered Carbon author returns to cyberpunk noir

Writer Richard K. Morgan's (above) debut Altered Carbon (2002), a violent dystopian novel, was made into a hit Netflix series (top) this year.
Writer Richard K. Morgan's debut Altered Carbon (2002), a violent dystopian novel, was made into a hit Netflix series (above) this year.PHOTO: DEL REY, NETFLIX, VIRGINIA COTTINELLI
Writer Richard K. Morgan's (above) debut Altered Carbon (2002), a violent dystopian novel, was made into a hit Netflix series (top) this year.
Writer Richard K. Morgan's (above) debut Altered Carbon (2002), a violent dystopian novel, was made into a hit Netflix series this year.PHOTO: DEL REY, NETFLIX, VIRGINIA COTTINELLI

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The mean streets of cyberpunk noir, where high tech meets low life, are where British author Richard K. Morgan's career was born. After years in other genres, he is returning to his roots.

The 53-year-old is best known for his debut Altered Carbon (2002), a violent dystopian novel that was made into a Netflix series this year. In it, humans can upload their consciousness into devices called "stacks" and thus swop and discard bodies, but this technology has led to grave socio-economic inequality.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2018, with the headline 'Altered Carbon author returns to cyberpunk noir'. Print Edition | Subscribe