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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


Beyond imagination


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.

Sydney AU



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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

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
Series: Culture
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