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    DescriptionTwo 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


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    Title
    Excession
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Iain M. Banks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781857234572
    ISBN 10: 185723457X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCI
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 823.914
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21300
    Libri: ENGM1040, ENGL3040
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: FL
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Orbit
    Publication date
    01 June 1997
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.
    Review quote
    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
    Review text
    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)