Richard K. Morgan Books

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Author Richard K. Morgan was born in London in the year 1965 and he was raised in Hethersett, which is a village near Norwich. He studied the subject of history at Queens’s College, Cambridge. He graduated and taught English so that he could travel the world, which he did quite extensively. Morgan is also fluent in Spanish and lives in Norfolk with his Spaniard wife Virginia, and son Daniel. He worked at the University of Strathclyde and worked for fourteen years to get his first novel (called “Altered Carbon”) published in the year 2002; from there, his career as a full time writer began.

Order of A Land Fit For Heroes Series

1The Steel Remains 2008Description / Buy
2The Cold Commands 2010Description / Buy
3The Dark Defiles 2014Description / Buy

Order of Takeshi Kovacs Series

1Altered Carbon 2002Description / Buy
2Broken Angels 2003Description / Buy
3Woken Furies 2005Description / Buy

Order of Takeshi Kovacs Graphic Novels with

1Altered Carbon: One Life, One Death ( With:) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Black Widow Series

1Homecoming 2005Description / Buy
2The Things They Say About Her 2005Description / Buy

Order of Crysis Comic Series

1Crysis #1 2011Description / Buy
2Crysis #2 2011Description / Buy
3Crysis #3 2011Description / Buy
4Crysis #4 2011Description / Buy
5Crysis #5 2011Description / Buy
6Crysis #6 2011Description / Buy

Order of Black Widow (2004) Comic Series

1Black Widow #1 (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
2Black Widow #2 (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
3Black Widow #3 (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
4Black Widow #4 (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
5Black Widow #5 (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
6Black Widow #6 (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy

Order of Richard K. Morgan Standalone Novels

1Market Forces 2004Description / Buy
2Thirteen / Black Man 2007Description / Buy
3Thin Air 2018Description / Buy
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Richard K. Morgan has written the “Takeshi Kovacs” series, “A Land Fit For Heroes” series, and some stand alone novels. He has also written some graphic novels about the Marvel Comics character Black Widow (“Homecoming” and “The Things They Say About Her”) and one set in the “Crysis” universe. Morgan has written some story lines for video games, these include “Crysis 2” and “Syndicate”. His novels are from the hardboiled, fantasy, science fiction, and post-cyberpunk genres. They are usually set in a post-extropianist dystopian world.


“Altered Carbon” won the Philip K. Dick Award in the year 2003. “Market Forces” won the John W. Campbell award in the year 2005. “Black Man” won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in the year 2007. “The Steel Remains” was award the Gaylactic Spectrum award in the year 2010.


His first novel “Altered Carbon” has been adapted into a television series on Netflix.


For those looking to get into Richard K. Morgan’s work, this next section will help with that. It will look at the novels: “Altered Carbon”, “The Steel Remains”, and “Black Man”.

Altered Carbon: This is the first novel in the “Takeshi Kovacs” series that came out in the year 2002. Centuries in the future mankind is living all over a part of territory that has been inherited by an old civilization that was found on Mars. Colonies are linked by ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is moved to where it is needed and downloaded into bodies when needed. Ex-envoy and convict Takeshi Kovacs has his mind and skills downloaded into the ex-thug who is addicted to nicotine. He is also not surprised by the catch-22 offer that is given to him. Takeshi is hired by a wealthy man to find out who killed the person who had the body he used to occupy.

The Steel Remains: This is the first novel in the “A Land Fit for Heroes” series that came out in the year 2008. A man named Ringil is a hero of a slaughter that took place at Gallows Gap is a degenerate to those that know who he is and a legend to those that have never met him. He makes a living off telling people about the wars that he fought in against the lizards. That is, until he is pulled out of that life and forced to be a slave by the Empire. Archeth is made to look into a demonic incursion that is happening at the borders of the Empire. She is the last of her kind, a cynic, and an engineer. Egar Dragonbane (ex-fighter for the Empire, steppe-nomad) winds up wrapped up in a small town fight between religious fervour and common sense. All three (who have poor social skills, are not heroes, and quite irritated) are about to be thrust into unknown territory by an Empire that has never paid them back for all that they have done, despite owing them quite a lot.

Black Man: This is a stand alone novel that came out in the year 2007. Carl Marsalis is many things. Bringer of death, genetic freak, and he is the reminder of all things that are dark and not liked about the human psyche. He is out of reach of the United Nations, in jail for bank rolling an illegal abortion. Police pay him a call, and he makes a deal. Thirteens, as they are called, are genetically engineered to be alpha males. They are made to fight the last conflicts of the century. They are dangerous to have around in peace time though, as they are designed and bred simply to fight. Most left for Mars, but one has returned, surviving the journey to Earth and has killed many in a brutal manner. Carl is the only one that can catch and stop this killer.

When Does The Next Richard K. Morgan book come out?

Richard K. Morgan doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Altered Carbon: One Life, One Death and was released on February, 23rd 2021. It is the newest book in the Takeshi Kovacs Graphic Novels.

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