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The Hydrogen Sonata

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Iain M. Banks

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  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 44mm | 822g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0356501507
  • ISBN 13: 9780356501505
  • Sales rank: 33,880

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The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.

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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. Iain lives in Fife, Scotland.

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By H Moore 10 Nov 2012 5

Another, proper, Culture book.

The Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they are going to Sublime.

Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago.

Plenty of Minds, species, the usual works.

Along the lines of his earlier, better Culture novels.


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