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    DescriptionIt was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, eight hundred years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq'. The light from the second may not. 'Confirms Banks as the standard by which the rest of SF is judged' GUARDIAN 'In terms of sheer storytelling prowess and verve, Look to Windward is a work of genius' SFX 'A great book' NEW SCIENTIST

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    Look to Windward
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Iain M. Banks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    ISBN 13: 9781841490595
    ISBN 10: 1841490598

    BIC E4L: SCI
    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: FIC028000
    Thema V1.0: FL
    Little, Brown Book Group
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    Publication date
    02 August 2001
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    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.
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    In terms of sheer storytelling prowess and verve, LOOK TO WINDWARD is a work of genius SFX A great book NEW SCIENTIST Banks keeps ratcheting up the suspense GUARDIAN A mordant wit, a certain savagery and a wild imagination MAIL ON SUNDAY
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    The Culture is back - and this time, it's personal. It has been argued that the Culture is a 'post-socialist' society and it is certainly interesting to consider how the author's conception of this perfect world managed by the machines has become more dissatisfied and questioning. Just like its real-world equivalent (Banks is a staunch left-winger and, one might suppose, less than impressed with Blairism) it moves ever further from its ideals. For the first time in this series, a Utopia which was always slightly spooky takes on a darker aspect. Could a rogue Mind really be responsible for the deliberate destruction of an entire planet? Is the information-rich society starving for a lack of truth? As ever, don't read Banks for any straight answers; simply revel in the questions he raises. Overlaying the ideas, of course, is the action. Banks again displays his ability to weave multiple narrative threads into a thrilling whole. He skilfully varies both the pace and the mood of his writing and is particularly strong on characterization. Look to Windward is a welcome addition to the Culture canon, and will please both the novice and the die-hard fan alike. (Kirkus UK)