Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan Despite the rather glowing reviews from Wealhtheow and Ben, I can't quite "like" Altered Carbon. And that's not because it's not well written, or that the characters and the setting aren't interesting. It may be a matter of technological-dystopia fatigue. For all the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed nonfiction works about how bright the future is (cf. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, his venture into fantasy.