Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon
I recently read Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon and man, was I impressed. I'd already loved Morgan's Market Forces and was looking forward to Altered Carbon, Morgan's debut. It's a stunningly inventive, inquisitive 26th century noir thriller, oil-slippery in technophilia and resplendent in ultra-violence, and vibrating with fascinating questions about power, longevity, authority, artificial intelligence... and it's also surprisingly touching with exquisite prose. Dig it.