Definitions for "Altered Carbon"
Altered Carbon (2002) is a hardboiled science fiction novel by Richard Morgan (his first). Set some five hundred years in the future in a universe in which the "United Nations Protectorate" oversees a number of planets settled by human beings, it features protagonist Takeshi Kovacs (the final "cs" is pronounced "ch"). Kovacs is a former United Nations Envoy and a native of Harlan's World (settled by the Japanese yakuza with Eastern European labor).