Black Man

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Black Man
Black Man cover (Amazon).jpg
Author Richard Morgan
Country Great Britain
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd
Publication date
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)
OCLC 78989112

Black Man (published as Thirteen in North America) is a 2007 science fiction novel by the English author Richard Morgan.[1] It won the 2008 Arthur C Clarke Award.[2] It is not part of the Takeshi Kovacs universe by the same author.[3]


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.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Black man". Google Books. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Murray, Matthew (19 April 2010). "'Crysis 2' Will Move to the Urban Jungle". PC Magazine. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Turpin, Darren. "Richard Morgan intervie". Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2 February 2008.