Black Man (novel)

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Black Man
Black Man cover (Amazon).jpg
AuthorRichard Morgan
CountryGreat Britain
GenreScience fiction
PublisherVictor Gollancz Ltd
Publication date
17 May 2007
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages560 pp (Hardcover)
546 (Paperback)
ISBN0-575-07513-9 (UK Hardcover)
ISBN 0-575-07813-8 (UK Paperback)
ISBN 0-345-48525-4 (US Hardcover)

Black Man (published as Thirteen in North America and later UK editions) is a 2007 science fiction novel by the British author Richard Morgan. It won the 2008 Arthur C. Clarke Award.[1]


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.

Related works[edit]

Morgan's 2018 novel Thin Air is set in the same reality,[2] with another genetically-modified protagonist[2] but with all the action taking place on Mars.[2]


  1. ^ Murray, Matthew (19 April 2010). "Crysis 2 Will Move to the Urban Jungle". PC Magazine. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Raets, Stefan (23 October 2018). "Martian Overrider Blues: Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan". Retrieved 25 January 2019.