Richard K. Morgan's fast-paced and impressive first novel is a rarity in SF -- it's also a crime/mystery novel. Set in the 25th century, when humans have "cortical stacks" implanted in the back of their brains, it has come to the point where's it's hard to die a final death -- your personality is being continually recorded by the implant (Robert Silverberg covered the same subject in the '60s in To Live Again). When one body dies, the stack is implanted into a new one, sometimes even an artificial one, a process called "resleeving." In this culture we find Takeshi Kovacs, an Envoy, a specially trained soldier used to being resleeved, who finds himself in a cop's body to investigate one death of a centuries-old, extremely weathly man. At one point he finds himself in an AI hotel run by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix! Morgan's 25th-century Earth is extraordinarily convincing, and deals with many adult themes (the graphic sex in this novel is not for the kiddies). Heck, now that I think about it, this whole novel is about Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll! With a little cage-fighting to the death thrown in. Don't miss it!
Posted by Bob Wallace, WHO RANKS THIS BOOK ONE OF THE TOP FIVE SF NOVELS OF ALL TIME.