Iain M. Banks
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A superb standalone novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a master of modern science fiction.
It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year.
The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars.
Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of - part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony - Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer - a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known.
As complex, turbulent and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, this novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.
Praise for Iain M. Banks:
'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday
'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian
'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman
'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph
The Culture series:
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Look to Windward
The Hydrogen Sonata
Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
From Publishers Weekly
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My favourite non-Culture book from Banks
The imagination, sense of humour and scale to his universe never ceases to amaze. I wished it was part of the Culture story as the plot is so rich I'd love to read in later novels, Minds referring back to such an epic story. Sweet epilogue too.
I want to be a Dweller! An adult obviously...
Huge fun, does writing a non culture novel mean you can throw the serious rule book away and just have a good time ? Excellent.
I have read a few books from Banks. 'The Algebraist' is just so well written and it is a joy to read. As usual from Banks - very clever and funny.