|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Publisher||Victor Gollancz Ltd|
|17 May 2007|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|Pages||560 pp (Hardcover)
546 pp (Paperback)
|ISBN||0-575-07513-9 (UK Hardcover)
ISBN 0-575-07813-8 (UK Paperback)
ISBN 0-345-48525-4 (US Hardcover)
Black Man (published as Thirteen in North America) is a 2007 science fiction novel by the English author Richard Morgan. It won the 2008 Arthur C Clarke Award. It is not part of the Takeshi Kovacs universe by the same author.
Carl Marsalis is a selectively bred human ("genetic variant") known as a "Thirteen", characterized by high aggression and low sociability. Bred to serve in a military capacity, Thirteens were later confined on reservations or exiled to Mars. Carl, having won by lottery the right to return from Mars, works covertly, tracking down renegade Thirteens.