Iain M. Banks
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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
Easily one of the best books I've ever read. The ultimate tale of conspiracy. Absolutely epic in scale. There is nothing like it.
2001 with added Culture.
An epic, vast, and richly imagined galactic conspiracy story.
My favourite book ever. Complex imaginative, cool and yet still dealing with the heart of what makes us human. This book made me laugh out loud and had me gripped with excitement.