Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Remarkable first novel; this story is a winning sort of cyberpunk hard-boiled detective novel. Takeshi Kovacs is an Envoy, a soldier trained to withstand transfer from one body to the next. He is employed (“resleeved”) by a Meth (as in “Methuselah”) billionaire who was killed (and subsequently resleeved) and who wants to know how and why – never mind the plot summary, just read it. Highly recommended. Select an invention:

Automatic Hotel (Hotel Hendrix) - the hotel is your host

Autosurgeon - doctor's robot helper

Cortical Stack - USB/WiFi flashdrive for your brain

External Eyelenses - make a spectacle of yourself

Illuminum - glows with its own light

Mandroid - a mechanical human

Needlecast - tightbeam transmission of being

Olfactory Wakeup Call - wakey wakey eggs and bakey

Philips Squeeze Gun

Spray-on Surgical Gloves

Synthetic Sleeve - artificial body

 

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