Excession

Excession

Book - 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
Publisher: London : Orbit, 1997.
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781857234572
185723457X
Branch Call Number: BAN
Characteristics: 451 pages --.

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Pat_Kelly
Oct 24, 2016

Banks is unparalled in creating new worlds and lifeforms. In this case however, he's gone over the top in providing details of details on details of societies, worlds, and lifeforms. I think the story has been subsumed to the effort of description of things. It's like reading Moby Dick and learning more than you ever wanted about whaling. It's a great novel, but not a fun read.

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sat7
Dec 22, 2015

Ian Banks Culture series. Long winded and perhaps going farther than this series of works need go... . Touching on memory storage a topic gaining attention in 2015; immortality of course. It's the Culture.

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StarGladiator
Jun 20, 2013

Although not my favorite Culture novel, still an outstanding read, and the Paul Youll cover is one of the best you'll ever experience, a real masterpiece of SF art.

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valianthuss
Feb 08, 2013

Boring. No, beyond boring.

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Jun 17, 2014

Book 4 of the Culture series

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