Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Remarkable first novel; this story is a winning sort of cyberpunk hard-boiled detective novel. Takeshi Kovacs is an Envoy, a soldier trained to withstand transfer from one body to the next. He is employed (“resleeved”) by a Meth (as in “Methuselah”) billionaire who was killed (and subsequently resleeved) and who wants to know how and why – never mind the plot summary, just read it. Highly recommended. Select an invention:

Automatic Hotel (Hotel Hendrix) - the hotel is your host
A fully automated hotel; complete services provided from check-in to check-out.

Autosurgeon - doctor's robot helper
A mechanical aid to physicians, performing surgical procedures with surgeons present.

Cortical Stack - USB/WiFi flashdrive for your brain
Implanted hardware device that contains a backup copy of your mental self.

External Eyelenses - make a spectacle of yourself
Way retro means of correcting vision problems in human beings.

Illuminum - glows with its own light
A metal that glows with its own light.

Mandroid - a mechanical human
A humanoid robot; a robot in the shape of a person.

Needlecast - tightbeam transmission of being
A tightbeam transmission of your very being.

Olfactory Wakeup Call - wakey wakey eggs and bakey
An alarm clock that works by wafting scents your way.

Philips Squeeze Gun
A handheld railgun

Spray-on Surgical Gloves
Effective glove for surgeons that is skin tight.

Synthetic Sleeve - artificial body
An artificial body, into which a person can be downloaded.

 

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