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It's the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person's consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve"), making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), 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.
“The personal, as everyone’s so f**king fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference - the only difference in their eyes - between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, f**k them. Make it personal."
Things I Should Have Learned by Now, Volume II
― Richard K. Morgan
originally posted by: SlowNail
a reply to: FyreByrd
Had to chime in here. I really like Dan Brown's books. But, I hadn't heard of this title. You seem to be referring to a Dale Brown. A different writer.
Deception Point, I believe, is Dan's best.
James Dashner's Maze Runner series were a great read too and I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned here.
originally posted by: Noncents
originally posted by: FyreByrd
Come on some more contemporary stuff guys...
Most modern entertainment of just about every medium is just formulaic garbage. There's not much that's modern worth talking about.
Old Man's War is pretty good for something more modern but it's got a noticeable Starship Troopers vibe.
I recommend Diskworld to people as well but those are (vastly) more fantasy than sci fi. One of the best authors of recent years though.
American Gods is great and the TV show is looking excellent so far. I would recommend reading it if you plan on or have started watching it. Same as Diskworld, heavy on the fantasy.
And, not modern at all but, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream from the 60's. Beyond excellent stuff.
originally posted by: Spider879
The trilogy ,Red Mars , Blue Mars, Green Mars.
Basically humanity's long-term colonization of Mars, complete with, predictable social change.
earth made contact with a race of space faring robotic aliens, some folks are taken off planet,, humanity, adopted alien technology, at the cost of their own, thousand of yes goes by, the original off worlders cannot truly go home again, so much had, change.
BTW these aliens are called Gaijins the Japanese word for foreigners..
My fav, sf flicks at the .moment, colony , 100, and the Expanse.