I've been searching for a book I read some time ago. It's about a woman who lives in a society where if you are in the military, they wipe your mind after each mission.

The book is about a time when she is no longer in the military, but running mercenary missions.

When she meets people who recognize her, they tell her stories of her past. She is some kind of war hero, but for doing very bad inhumane things.

The book is named after her attempts to hack into her blocked memories, in her sleep, in an attempt to reclaim her identity. But I forget what the title is.

I thought the title had the word carbon in it, but searches for that name always return results for altered carbon which is a different series. Also steel or steal may be related or in the title.

I picked up the book at Powell's book store in Portland in 2010, and it was on a shelf of nominees for some award that year. I believe it was the Hugo's but I'm not sure.

All suggestions welcome.

  • There are no Hugo nominees with the word "carbon" in the title; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – Valorum Jan 31 '18 at 15:43
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    2010 Hugo nominees. – Rand al'Thor Jan 31 '18 at 15:45
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    Titles with "carbon"; isfdb.org/cgi-bin/se.cgi?arg=carbon&type=Fiction+Titles – Valorum Jan 31 '18 at 15:52
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    This PROBABLY isn't it since a lot of the elements are only sorta-close, so I won't put it as a full answer, but maybe Spin Control by Chris Moriarty, 2nd book in the series (she's in the military first book), FTL causes memory loss except memories backed up which is prone to tampering and she's a war hero who worries she may have committed war crimes. – starpilotsix Jan 31 '18 at 18:29

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