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Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of The Cold Commands, The Steel Remains, Thirteen, Woken Furies, Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2003. The movie rights to Altered Carbon were optioned by Joel Silver and Warner Bros on publication, and a film version is currently in development with Mythology Entertainment. Market Forces was also optioned to Warner Bros, before it was even published, and it won the John W. Campbell Award in 2005. Thirteen won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2007 and is currently under movie option to Straight Up films. The Steel Remains won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award in 2010, and its sequel, The Cold Commands, appeared in both Kirkus Reviews’ and NPR’s Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Books of the Year lists. Morgan is a fluent Spanish speaker and has lived and worked in Madrid, Istanbul, Ankara, and London, as well as having traveled extensively in the Americas, Africa, and Australia. He now lives in Scotland with his wife, Virginia, and son, Daniel.

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Praise for Richard K. Morgan

Market Forces

“Morgan is one of science fiction’s bright young lights, a crisp stylist who demonstrates equal facility with action scenes and angst.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Forces is turbo-injected with moral ambiguity, Wag the Dog political scenarios, and action sequences fit for a Bruckheimer movie. [Grade:] A.”—Entertainment Weekly

Altered Carbon

“Compelling . . . immensely entertaining . . . full of duplicitous characters, murky motives, and a detective who’s as tough as he looks.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Gritty and vivid . . . Looks as if we have another interstellar hero on our hands.”—USA Today

Broken Angels

“Clearly the work of a gifted, ambitious story teller.”—The Washington Post Book World

“A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure.”—Publishers Weekly

Woken Furies

“[A] fiercely intelligent new cyber-noir thriller.”—The Washington Examiner

“Breathtaking suspense and action.”—SF Reviews

This stellar new stand-alone from Morgan, known for his compelling future noir thrillers (Altered Carbon, etc.), raises tantalizing questions about the nature of humanity. Future governments have used genetic manipulation to create subhumans twisted to fit specialized tasks. Normal people are intrigued as well as repulsed, but they instinctively dread variation thirteen, an aggressive, ruthless throwback to a time before civilization. When a thirteen escapes from exile on Mars and apparently goes on an insane killing spree, Carl Marsalis, a soul-weary freelance thirteen hit man, is hired to help track him down. Morgan goes beyond the SF cliche of the genetically enhanced superman to examine how personality is shaped by nature and experience. Marsalis is more empathetic than the normal people around him, but they can see him only as an untrustworthy killer. At the same time, surveying corrupt, fractured normal society, the novel questions whether the thirteens are just less successful at hiding their motives. Without slowing down the headlong rush of the action, the complex, looping plot suggests that all people may be less-or more-than they seem. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Richard K. Morgan

Market Forces

"Morgan is one of science fiction's bright young lights, a crisp stylist who demonstrates equal facility with action scenes and angst."-The New York Times Book Review

"Forces is turbo-injected with moral ambiguity, Wag the Dog political scenarios, and action sequences fit for a Bruckheimer movie. [Grade:] A."-Entertainment Weekly

Altered Carbon

"Compelling . . . immensely entertaining . . . full of duplicitous characters, murky motives, and a detective who's as tough as he looks."-The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Gritty and vivid . . . Looks as if we have another interstellar hero on our hands."-USA Today

Broken Angels

"Clearly the work of a gifted, ambitious story teller."-The Washington Post Book World

"A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure."-Publishers Weekly

Woken Furies

"[A] fiercely intelligent new cyber-noir thriller."-The Washington Examiner

"Breathtaking suspense and action."-SF Reviews

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