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Richard K. Morgan (1) (1965–)

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Værker af Richard K. Morgan

Altered Carbon (2002) 6,998 eksemplarer
Broken Angels (2003) 3,165 eksemplarer
Woken Furies (2005) 2,638 eksemplarer
Thirteen (2007) 1,745 eksemplarer
The Steel Remains (2008) — Forfatter — 1,711 eksemplarer
Market Forces (2004) 1,452 eksemplarer
The Cold Commands (2011) 677 eksemplarer
Thin Air (2018) 398 eksemplarer
The Dark Defiles (2014) 384 eksemplarer
Black Widow: Homecoming (2005) — Forfatter — 118 eksemplarer
Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her (2006) — Forfatter — 75 eksemplarer
Altered Carbon: Download Blues (2019) 35 eksemplarer
Crysis (2012) 17 eksemplarer
The SF collection (2013) 14 eksemplarer
Black Widow: Welcome to the Game (2020) — Forfatter — 6 eksemplarer
Black Widow [2004] #2 - Right to a Life, Part 2 — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Black Widow [2004] #4 - No Place Like Home — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Black Widow [2004] #5 - A Field in the East — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Black Widow [2004] #1 - Right to a Life, Part 1 — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Black Widow [2005] #4 - Women and Children First — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Black Widow [2005] #5 - Do You Feel Better Now? — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Black Widow [2005] #6 - Welcome to the Game — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Gone Machine (2021) 2 eksemplarer
Terre de Héros - L'Intégrale (2018) 1 eksemplar
Gefallene Engel 1: Kovacs 4 (2007) 1 eksemplar
Gefallene Engel 2: Kovacs 5 (2007) 1 eksemplar
Kovacs 7: Heiliger Zorn I (2007) 1 eksemplar
Heiliger Zorn 2: Kovacs 8 (2007) 1 eksemplar
Heiliger Zorn 3: Kovacs 9 (2007) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Fantasy-Faction Anthology (2015) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
Grimdark Magazine #2 (2014) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
A Land Fit for Heroes 2 eksemplarer
Grimdark Magazine #24 (2020) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Morgan, Richard K.
Juridisk navn
Morgan, Richard Kingsley
Andre navne
Morgan, Richard
Land (til kort)
England, UK
London, England, UK
Hethersett, Norfolk, England, UK
Madrid, Spain
Istanbul, Turkey
Ankara, Turkey
London, England, UK
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Cambridge University (Queens' College|History)
English teacher
Kort biografi
Richard Kingsley Morgan, (born 24 September 1965) is a British science fiction and fantasy author.

Morgan's books are generally set in a post-extropianist dystopian world. Morgan described his "takeaway" of one of his books as:

"Society is, always has been and always will be a structure for the exploitation and oppression of the majority through systems of political force dictated by an élite, enforced by thugs, uniformed or not, and upheld by a wilful ignorance and stupidity on the part of the majority whom the system oppresses."

He was born in Norfolk, and brought up in the village of Hethersett, near Norwich, and had a semi-rural upbringing. Morgan attended private school and later studied modern languages and history at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating he started teaching English in order to travel the world. After 14 years and a post at the University of Strathclyde, his first novel was published and he became a full-time writer. He lived in Glasgow until 2015, when he moved to Saxlingham Nethergate with his wife Virginia and their son Daniel.
Literary career

In 2002, Morgan's first novel Altered Carbon was published, combining elements of "cyberpunk" and hardboiled detective fiction and featuring the antihero Takeshi Kovacs. In 2003 the U.S. edition of Altered Carbon received the Philip K. Dick Award and the film rights were sold for a reported figure of $1,000,000 to film producer Joel Silver, enabling Morgan to become a full-time writer. The film rights were later acquired by Laeta Kalogridis, but production was trapped in development hell for a decade, eventually gaining release in 2018 as a Netflix series.



Altered Carbon i Science Fiction Fans (april 2011)


I enjoyed the book but there was a lot to criticise: You have a fairly standard format; the 3 heroes being separate at the beginning of the story with alternating chapters dedicated to following each one. But it takes forever for them to inevitably meet up which becomes frustrating after a while. Then there is the inclusion of the bizarre sex scene/dream sequence where Ringil starts of fighting and ends up sleeping with the Dwenda who are supposed to be the terrifying awesome boogeymen! After building them up throughout the story to be so enigmatic and almost immortal and deadly is seems crazy just to take all that away by having a character have sex with one! I could have done without that whole sequence.

Having said that the character of Ringil is very strong and carries a lot of the book along with Arteth whom I really enjoyed as well and hopefully will b developed much more in future. The fight scenes are very good but suffer in comparison to Joe Abercrombie (but then doesn't everything?), the plot is not unnecessarily complicated and being quite short for a fantasy novel moves at a nice swift pace.

There is A LOT of history and references to previous events/character though and to begin with I felt quite lost but more of this may come to light in the next instalment and I still think I prefer that a 1000 page novel which includes the history of everything and everyone. Plus it actually has a proper ending another rarity in a fantasy trilogy.

The lower end of 4 stars but will definately read the next one..
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bookdragon616 | 84 andre anmeldelser | May 15, 2024 |
I read somewhere that "Altered Carbon" had become a popular science fiction series on one of the movie networks. I was curious. When it comes to complicated stories, I prefer a book, if the series is based on one, and not the other way around. So, I checked out this audio version, well narrated by Todd McLaren, from the Los Angeles Public Library. And I checked it out again. And I checked it out again. I must have checked it out at least 5 times, but I was checking out others as well, and this one just wasn't holding my attention. When I finally resolved to listen to all 17 hours 11 minutes and 3 seconds of it, and continue until I finished to the exclusion of all others, I found it wasn't really that challenging to follow the novel parts about the futuristic world. I did find the many analogies to movies, places, and people that/who don't really exist and that went unexplained rather unhelpful to plot or mood though.
What prevents me from needing to listen to the rest of these, or from needing to see the film versions is the excessive random and/or kinky sex, torture/slaughter/violence, and various indulgences. I can certainly see how it would attract today's book/film audience, but it pegs way too high on the overload scale for me.
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TraSea | 216 andre anmeldelser | Apr 29, 2024 |
Well this book took its time getting published. I am truly envy of people that have read this in 2021 because I have been chasing this book for last two years only to have it planned for end of 2020, then pushed to Q1 2021, then November 2021 then early 2022 and finally, finally it is here.

First graphic novel from Altered Carbon universe was interesting but art was .... lets say weird at least to me. And it was disconcerting.

Here art is much much better. Overall story is for all means and purposes chapter 1, overture for more goody graphic novels to come in the future.

We follow Takeshi Kovacs as he finds himself targeted by police and then incarcerated into max security prison in unknown parts of space (equivalent of modern day black site). In order to make him more vulnerable Takeshi is resleeved in the body of old junkie. Why is this all happening is unknown to Takeshi. As time goes by he leanrs that somebody is asking about Envoy unit (Takeshi's former outfit) for reasons unknown. Only thing known is that unit was last seen executing virus containment operation on planet called Ito. With this single lead Takeshi manages to find who is actually trying to catch him but this will open another can of worms that will push Takeshi to do what he loves the most - go in with extreme prejudice.

From that point on Takeshi is good old himself, proof why Envoys are not supposed to roam the universe unsupervised. As the title says story is about the constant resleeving and (for all means and purposes) immortality (and effects of this on human psyche and behavior). But while some would expect only benefits coming out from this, Takeshi and his opposition show that everything can be used to create Hell on Earth. And here are some very disturbing elements on how to do this.

But as I said, ending of the book shows this is chapter 1 of (possibly larger) story arc. This was little a bit of a let down for me but OK, it is what it is. Even with this minus, book is still sold 4 stars for me.

Highly recommended. I hope new volume will come at least in next 12 months and not 4-5 years :)
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Zare | Jan 23, 2024 |
I have to admit I truly enjoy Richard K Morgan's SF novels - stories that have action elements, lots of it, but always have background story - often having political connotations and glimpses into very believable future - as a main component. That was the case with Takeshi Kovac's novels and Thin Air (that is set in the same universe as this novel).

In this one accent is on biological design of human beings (unlike more cyber-improvements of Takeshi Kovacs's universe) and scientific and moral qualms about performing these actions.

Background of the story is following - during a rather turbulent era all world powers worked on genetically enhanced soldiers - so called variant thirteen (hence the name of the novel) to carry out covert and high risk military operations. Due to the widespread use of these genetical modifications world community led by UN decides to bring genetic manipulation technology under more strict observation (to prevent further genetic manipulations and abuse). Soon these highly successful combat teams were declared as unwanted on Earth and were given option to move to Mars (colonials always need hardened veterans) or move to reservations that are kept under constant control with threat of overwhelming firepower to prevent variant thirteens from exiting them.

And this is where our main protagonist - Carl Marsalis - comes into play. Variant thirteen himself he is now working as bounty hunter on Earth hunting those variant thirteens that are wandering the new Earth governments without permits. Until very serious crime takes place in Martian freighter that crashes on Earth. This incident will start bringing lots of very dark secrets to surface, bodies will start piling up and Carl's unique insight into violent behavior will make him invaluable to solve the series of murders.

Carl is a man that would not be out of place as mercenary or soldier in Warhammer universe, especially Age of Strife of Unification Wars period. As a matter of fact all variants would fit in just nicely. Sharp minded, bred for resilience, independence and ability to follow their orders through no matter what they are the ultimate weapon that can be used as a scalpel or as a broad-sword depending on the needs.

But they are just that - weapon. And as soon as politicians were faced with consequences of creating them in the first place they were discarded.

Only thing that I was annoyed with is the constant talk how rise of civilization made a more timid society. This reminds me of the theory of the peaceful savage. Rise of civilization did not create more peace in the world - I mean only check last 100 years, WW1, WW2, Balkan wars (pre-WW1 and in 1990s), Middle East wars, numerous conflicts in Africa, Middle East and Central and South America and in later days more visible conflicts in Central Asia (and lets not forget the Great Game period eh) etc etc. War just became more industrialized and huger in scope - no longer are wars waged to protect the city or country but to establish control of the various markets and economy directly or even through proxies. As a matter of fact modern warfare became more deadly and unfortunately less under control of the public - because public decided that all the conflicts in the world are not of interest to them (until they get drafted but then it is usually late).

Also society did not become feminized during the civilization development but in majority became indifferent because it is much easier to act like foreign policy is of no interest to anyone instead of taking active role in political life of the country. And if people are living good off corruption and nepotism and if no caskets come back from remote frontiers why change anything - right? And also if you live in good conditions why should you worry about somebody in remote parts of the world? There is no point in it. Indifference of the majority is the main driving force for lots of events in the world today.

So to say people became timid or domesticated is in my opinion wishful thinking. Violence is part of the nature and control of goods, resources and territory will always be driving force for it among the humans. And as long the society in general is indifferent and not willing to call out things their governments are doing it will just continue on.

And the societies opinion on variant thirteens - nothing strange. Just try going against public opinion today and you will see what I mean. Vilifying others and black/white approach (no more grey areas no discussions) have become so common today that voices of the moderates get drowned in shrieks of the banshees and intolerant.

Characters in the book and their interactions - from field operatives to gray-suite chiefs of various organizations and services- are given in great details. I especially liked how Carl constantly tries to keep his appearance as a thug even though deep inside he is suffering even more than those around him. Loss of one of the main characters was followed through just wonderfully and with deep emotions.

Highly recommended to all fans of the SF in general and in particular hard-core no-nosense action heroes and cyberpunk-noir-detective stories.
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Zare | 59 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |



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