Title: Altered Carbon
Author: Richard K. Morgan
Are there LGBT characters? Not featured prominently
Brief summary / review: An Envoy by the name of Takeshi Kovacs has been killed, and when his consciousness is uploaded to a new body, he finds himself on Earth and tasked with uncovering the mystery of a suicide. Thanks to the technology, the person who committed suicide has uploaded his consciousness to a new body, and has hired Kovacs to figure out if he really did kill himself, and why. The book is pretty fun, with some clever worldbuilding. A solid neo-noir cyberpunk set in gritty futuristic San Francisco, it tackles themes like love and life and what depravities humans are capable of when death is just a minor inconvenience.
About the series: Being a gay reader, I am interested in LGBT books, but I haven’t always seen reviews clearly note if there are LGBT characters and how significant they are. These mini reviews are my way of addressing this problem.