Against A Dark Background
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Against A Dark Background

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A superb standalone novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a master of modern science fiction.

Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself.

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

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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 32mm | 381.02g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1857231791
  • 9781857231793
  • 15,024

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Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth * The New York Review of Science Fiction * Banks ain't kidding. He warned you up front that this is a dark novel * Norman Spinrad * There is now no British SF wirter to whose work I look forward to with greater keenness. * The Times * Imaginatively brilliant. * Daily Mail *
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About Iain M. Banks

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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