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"Science and science fiction, how do you even distinguish the two?"
- Jerry Pournelle

Synthetic Sleeve  
  An artificial body, into which a person can be downloaded.  

In the world of Altered Carbon, downloading yourself into a new body can be a jarring experience, even when it is an ordinary "natural" body. But sometimes you just can't afford "natural."

Every sleeve has a history. If that kind of thing bothers you, you line up at Syntheta's or Fabrikon. I'd worn my fair share of synthetic sleeves... Cheap, ...and they never get the flavor circuits right. Everything you eat ends up tasting like curried sawdust.
Technovelgy from Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan.
Published by Del Rey in 2003
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Another good writing practice is to make sure that some of your world is still "under development."

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