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Sci-Fi Series "Altered Carbon" Coming to Netflix on February 2

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In case you hadn't noticed the dearth of good science fiction television these days, some of us are feeling desperate.

The show is based on a wildly popular science fiction novel by Richard Morgan, and is another attempt by Netflix to capture a popular book audience to win them over with an original show. The trailer previews some of its worldbuilding and action, and hints that the show isn't going to shy away from its source material.

The series takes place in a future where the human mind can be digitized and downloaded into a "cortical stack" and placed in new bodies or "sleeves".

The series follows a solider named Takeshi Kovacs, played by Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine) and Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad), who is the last survivor of an elite group of interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, "on ice", for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again.

First ordered to series in January 2016, Netflix's new series (premiering in February) is based on the 2002 Richard K. Morgan novel of the same name, packed with a premise modern audiences might see as Westworld meets Blade Runner.

Starring Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Dichen Lachman, Chris Conner and Hiro Kanagawa, ALTERED CARBON Launches on Neflix Friday February 2 2018. His consciousness was stored away and he is awoken centuries later to solve a murder.

Once the show releases, we'll have a full review, but also stay tuned for more information as it releases! It's premiering at a time that is separate from numerous streaming provider's other tent-pole series including Orange is the New Black, The Crown, and Stranger Things.