"Digitally distill a person's identity into data. Newborns are outfitted with a 'stack,' a lipstick-size data-storage device at the base of the brain's cortex" "..When someone dies, this backup identity is downloaded into a new body, or "sleeve." Real death occurs only when someone without remote storage dies and the 'stack' is destroyed..."
Obviously if you are Cory Doctorow, or one of the readers of his new book, this is not new subject matter. But, okay, he is an innovator and his ideas are just reverberating in new fictional materials? But is Altered Carbon available for free online? Well it is not due for release in the US until next year. While available soon in the UK. Via USA Today FULL STORY