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For questions about Richard K. Morgan's novel "Altered Carbon" and its adaptations.

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Why weren't the Envoy's at Innenin backed up?

Takeshi Kovacs lost his good friend Jimmy De Soto to a "viral strike" which resulted in the "real death" of many of the Envoy soldiers at Innenin. Why were these highly skilled, very valuable minds ...
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How did Kovacs go from being arrested to in bed with Ortega in episode 5?

I was startled to see Kovacs being led out in handcuffs at 41:20, and then in the next scene in bed with Ortega. How did he get out of jail? What did I miss?
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Is what Rei said in the Altered Carbon episode Nora Inu a continuity error?

I've watched the episode ending several times and have not been able to figure out how this scene could maintain continuity. In the scene Rei answers "I told her it was because they gave me life," ...
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Why are AI hotels (like the Raven) avoided?

In the first episode of Altered Carbon, Kovacs is searching for a safe place to rest and gets to the Raven hotel. Although it seems like the ultimate lair/base of operations, with a very dedicated AI ...
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What is the significance of the phrase “Altered Carbon” in Richard Morgan's novel

As the title says: What is the significance of the phrase "altered carbon" in Richard Morgan's novel? The phrase appears in passing but I didn't find anything for it to mean, and I was wondering if I'...
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Why did they say Kovacs is the last Envoy in the books? [duplicate]

In the first book, they make it clear he is the last Envoy. Everyone thinks they're all gone. Did I miss something?
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Who was the flayed girl?

In Altered Carbon, S1 E4: "Force of Evil", the main character, Takeshi Kovacs, is... While he's there, there's a woman nearby. She appears to be dead, and as the episode advances she progressively ...
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Why did Bancroft choose Ryker's sleeve for Kovacs?

After Bancroft's "murder", he uses his considerable resources to get the last envoy brought out of prison to investigate the crime. The problem I'm having is why he dumped Kovacs into Ryker's sleeve? ...
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What are the uses of martyrweed as a security device?

In Altered Carbon (the book), when Kovacs goes to meet Laurens Bancroft, he sees him spraying strands of martyrwood with a white powder. Then, in his words: I don't know much about martyrweed ...
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In Altered Carbon, why is authentication DNA based?

In the show (and I presume in the books as well) they make a pretty big deal about the physical bodies being merely "sleeves" to be discarded and replaced. However, everything from payments to secure ...
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Does Altered Carbon show any ambiguity about the idea of personalities being stored and downloaded into new bodies being the same person or not?

Does Altered Carbon show any ambiguity about the idea of personalities being stored and downloaded into new bodies being the same person? Or it's completely assured they are the same person? I mean, ...
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What did Takeshi fight against, exactly?

I'm watching the Altered Carbon TV series. I haven't read the novels. I want to know what Takeshi fought against exactly. I might have missed something, but all I think he said is, he was against "...
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What is the meaning of the super quick animations at the end of Altered Carbon episodes?

Altered Carbon ends each episode with an animation made up of fire-colored particles that seem to leave trails behind them. (Does anyone have a better description?) Each episode shows something ...
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Why is AI so underutilized in Altered Carbon?

AIs seem ridiculously powerful. In the time it takes to wink, Poe is able to integrate the entire field of psychosurgery (a presumably complex topic) into his knowledge base. If AIs are this powerful, ...
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When do stacks get inserted into people?

People can obviously reproduce (Lizzy was pregnant), so when do kids get stacks inserted? At birth? Some time later?
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How does re-sleeving work?

One of the main, (if not the main) plot mechanics in Altered Carbon is that the consciousness/memories of people can recorded by the cortical stacks installed in the cervical part of their spines. ...
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Regarding Altered Carbon Technological Timeline

Why has so little technological process been made in the 250 years between the time Kovacs was stored in digital form (100 years from now) and downloaded into a sleeve formerly inhabited by Ryker (350 ...
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Where does the main plot of Altered Carbon take place?

I've read in several places that Altered Carbon just takes place on Earth, several hundred years from now. But nearly every external shot at night seems to show two moons in the sky, and neither one ...
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Why does the hologram in Altered Carbon explain what “stacks” are?

In the first episode of Altered Carbon, there is a brief scene where a bunch of people newly awoken in sleeves are sitting in a classroom while a hologram of a woman explains the basic concept of a "...
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How do sleeves become available?

In the first episode of Altered Carbon, there are some other folks that get placed into second-rate sleeves that happen to be 'available'. Our hero seems to be in a grown/cloned/enhanced sleeve, but ...
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Altered Carbon, why is Kovacs the last Envoy?

I have started watching Altered Carbon on Netflix. I have read the books long time ago. Why is Kovacs the last Envoy?
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In Altered Carbon, is there technology that lets people understand foreign languages?

In Netflix's new TV series, Altered Carbon, based on Richard K. Morgan's novel of the same name, there are several instances where characters will speak foreign languages and other characters will ...