The novel (released in 2002 and reviewed here) won the Philip K. Dick Award. It features technology that allows the human mind to be downloaded, saved and uploaded into new bodies called “Sleeves”. Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs is killed, but restored and hired by a man accused of committing suicide (and since re-sleeved) to find his murderer.
The Netflix project includes a 10-episode order and is s being written and executive-produced by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, and Terminator Genesis). Kalogridis acquired the rights to Altered Carbon and the other Takeshi Kovacs novels (2003’s Broken Angels and 2005’s Woken Furies) several years ago.
Here’s how the book is described:
In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.
Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), 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. . . .