© 2017 Robert Davies

Altered Carbon

It's the twenty-fifth century in San Francisco and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person's consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve"), making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats existence as something that can be bought and sold. The actual design elements of the book aren’t overly clogged down by the bigger science fiction pseudo-science of the stored consciousness and the body switching. At its heart, it plays out more like a film noir detective story set in another time period.

 

My proposed set will be the hotel called The Hendrix which Takeshi Kovacs stays in for the duration of the book this is a recurring location and acts as a base for the character throughout his stay on earth. The hotel is run by an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and almost all of the processes and functions in the hotel are run by various manifestations of the hotels AI. This means there are no human workers in the hotel. The sequences in the book take place in 3 different areas of the hotel: the lobby the bar and the watch tower suite were Kovacs stays.

 

The design of the hotel itself is left somewhat ambiguous; the appearance is described by the protagonist as being in a style he doesn’t recognise.  The suggestion in the book is that the hotel was retrofitted with the AI at some point in its history and thus retains most of its original features whilst being slowly brought up to date in terms of technology over the subsequent years.

 

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Concept Illustrations 

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Sketchup Work 

Scale Models 

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