By Richard K. Morgan

ISBN-10: 0345457706

ISBN-13: 9780345457707

Within the twenty-fifth century, humankind has unfold through the galaxy, monitored through the watchful eye of the U.N. whereas divisions in race, faith, and sophistication nonetheless exist, advances in know-how have redefined existence itself. Now, assuming one could have enough money the pricy method, a person’s recognition should be saved in a cortical stack on the base of the mind and simply downloaded right into a new physique (or “sleeve”) making demise not anything greater than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed earlier than, yet his final loss of life used to be fairly painful. Dispatched a hundred and eighty light-years from domestic, re-sleeved right into a physique in Bay urban (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the darkish center of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that's vicious even through the criteria of a society that treats “existence” as whatever that may be received and bought. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a gap in his chest was once purely the start. . . .

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And you clench your fists and hold yourself in -- and it's like tearing yourself to pieces. And then suddenly, after all that suffering, suddenly. " she breaks off. " inquires Dr. Poole. She looks at him sharply, but sees on his face only an expression of inquiring and genuinely innocent incomprehension. "I can't make you out," she says at last. "Is it true, what you told the Chief? " All at once she blushes. "If you don't believe me," says Dr. " She looks at him for a moment, then shakes her head and, in a kind of terror, turns away.

And now here is Loola -- Loola without the least pretension to education or good breeding, Loola au naturel with a musky redolence which, on second thought, has something really rather fascinating about it. What wonder if he reddens and (against his will, for he longs to go on looking at her) averts his eyes. For consolation and in hope of an accession of boldness, he resorts again to the bottle. Suddenly the boulevard narrows to a mere footpath between two dunes of sand. "After you," says Dr. Poole, politely bowing.

His words and, still more, his pious gesture allay Loola's suspicions. Her face clears; she gives him her most charming smile. The dimples in her cheeks come to life like a pair of adorable little creatures fitfully leading a secret and autonomous existence in independence of the rest of Loola's face. Dr. Poole returns her smile, but almost instantly looks away, blushing as he does so to the roots of his hair. NARRATOR Out of the enormity of his respect for his mother, our poor friend here is still, at thirty-eight, a bachelor.

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