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Excession : A Culture Novel : Book 4 - Iain M. Banks


A Culture Novel : Book 4


Published: 4th August 1997
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Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

Now it is back.

'Banks is a phenomenon ... wildly successful, fearlessly creative' William Gibson
'Thrilling, affecting and comic ... probably the finest science fiction he has written to date' New Scientist
'Banks has rewritten the libretto for the whole space-opera genre' The Times
* 'Gripping, touching and funny' TLS
* 'The story is vital and urgent and has a brilliantly subtle resolution ... wildly enjoyable' INTERZONE
* 'A dizzying adventure' Daily Mail
* 'Explosive but tender' SUNDAY TIMES
* 'Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy- the books of Iain M Banks are all these things and more.' NME
* 'There is no British SF writer to whose work I look forward to with greater keeness.' THE TIMES


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    Iain M. Banks. The authors name speaks for itself. This man is legend. Do your imagination a favour and read anything he has written. RIP.

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    The author's Culture, that galaxy-spinning hedonistic society dedicated to benevolent intervention in the affairs of lesser mortals and the hypocrisy that this sometimes makes necessary, comes up against a major threat in this novel. When a vast dimension-hopping object suddenly appears, faction upon faction of Culture, including a charming species of sadistic octopoids, pile after it, and double-crosses proliferate to a point where individual motivations gradually become more or less irrelevant. There is, as always in Banks, a moral - which is that it is good to be clever, but cleverer to be good. This is one of the most remarkably complicated space operas of recent years and one of the best. (Kirkus UK)

    Iain Banks

    Iain [Menzies] Banks was born in Fife in 1954, and was educated at Stirling University, where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology.

    Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984.

    His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. He has continued to write both mainstream fiction (as Iain Banks) and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks).

    He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation: The Guardian has called him "the standard by which the rest of SF is judged". William Gibson, the New York Times-bestselling author of Spook Country describes Banks as a "phenomenon".

    Iain M. Banks lives in Fife, Scotland.

    Visit Iain Banks's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781857234572
    ISBN-10: 185723457X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 464
    Published: 4th August 1997
    Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.9
    Weight (kg): 0.33
    Edition Number: 1