Richard K. Morgan
|Genre||Hardboiled, postcyberpunk, Science fiction, fantasy|
Born in London, and brought up in the village of Hethersett, near Norwich, Morgan studied history at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating he started teaching English in order to travel the world. After 14 years and a post at the University of Strathclyde, his first novel was published and he became a full-time writer.
Morgan's books are generally set in a dystopian world. Morgan described his "takeaway" of one of his books as
Society is, always has been and always will be a structure for the exploitation and oppression of the majority through systems of political force dictated by an élite, enforced by thugs, uniformed or not, and upheld by a wilful ignorance and stupidity on the part of the very majority whom the system oppresses.
In 2002 Morgan's first novel Altered Carbon was published, combining elements of cyberpunk and hardboiled detective fiction and featuring the antihero Takeshi Kovacs. The film rights for the book sold for a reported figure of $1,000,000 to film producer Joel Silver, enabling Morgan to become a full-time writer. In 2003 the U.S. edition received the Philip K. Dick Award.
Market Forces, Morgan's first non-Kovacs novel, is set in the not-too-distant future. It was originally written as a short story, then as a screenplay (both unpublished). After the success of his first two works, it was released as a novel and has also been optioned as a film.
Morgan wrote two six issue miniseries for Marvel Comics under the Marvel Knights imprint. His first story, Black Widow: Homecoming published monthly in 2004 was followed by a second, Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her published monthly in 2005; both are now available in collected editions. According to Morgan's official website the series was "an artefact of limited appeal" and is unlikely to be continued, although he has other comic projects in development.
Black Man was released in May 2007 in the UK and in June 2007 in the USA (as Thirteen or Th1rte3n). According to the author, the book is about the constraints of physicality and the fact that you are locked into who you are and there's not a whole lot you can do about that. These are things he could not deal with in the Kovacs universe, because for Kovacs and people like him mortality is avoidable: you just skip into a new body. The novel subsequently won the 2008 Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Morgan's current project is a fantasy trilogy with a gay protagonist, A Land Fit for Heroes, the first volume of which has the title The Steel Remains and was published in August 2008 in the UK and on 20 January 2009 in the United States. The second volume, titled The Cold Commands was published in 2011. Third book in the series will be called The Dark Defiles and will be published on August 17th 2014.
Additionally, Morgan worked with Electronic Arts and Crytek as lead writer for their 2011 video game, Crysis 2. In 2008, he worked with Starbreeze as a writer for their 2012 re-imagining of the original Syndicate.
His current writings feature heavily on the theme of autonomy in science fiction and escapism in fantasy.
Takeshi Kovacs novels
- Altered Carbon (2002) ISBN 0-575-07390-X
- Broken Angels (2003) ISBN 0-575-07550-3
- Woken Furies (2005) ISBN 0-575-07325-X
A Land Fit For Heroes
- The Steel Remains (2008) ISBN 0-575-07792-1
- The Cold Commands (2011) ISBN 0-575-07793-X
- The Dark Defiles (2014)
- Market Forces (2004) ISBN 0-575-07584-8
- Black Man (2007) ISBN 0-575-07513-9 (known as Thirteen or Th1rte3n in the USA ISBN 0-345-48525-4)
- Black Widow: Homecoming (2005) ISBN 0-7851-1493-9
- Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her (2006) ISBN 0-7851-1768-7
- Morgan discussing his "take away" of his novel Altered Carbon, in "Never Mind the Cyberpunks: An Interview with Richard Morgan", SaxonBullock.com. Originally published online at SlateMagazine.co.uk, 2002.
- "Interview with Richard Morgan". IT Conversations. 16 August 2005.
- Moira Gunn. "Tech Nation". Your Mom's Basement.
- "The Steel Remains". Richard Morgan's website.
- "The Steel Remains (Hardcover)". Amazon.com.
- "Richard K Morgan - The Dark Defiles early cover art revealed". Gollancz Limited.
- Michael Plant (22 March 2012). "Interview: Richard Morgan on rebooting Syndicate". London: The Independent.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richard Morgan.|
- Official website
- Richard Morgan at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Thirteen at SFReader.com
for The Mount
|Philip K. Dick Award
for Altered Carbon
|John W. Campbell Memorial Award
for Best Science Fiction Novel
for Market Forces
Robert J. Sawyer
M. John Harrison
for Nova Swing
|Arthur C. Clarke Award
for Black Man
Ian R. MacLeod
for Song of Time