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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 Timesshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 30mm | 358.34g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 185723457X
  • 9781857234572
  • 8,980

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Explosive but tender * SUNDAY TIMES * A dizzying adventure * DAILY MAIL * The story is vital and urgent and has a brilliantly subtle resolution ... wildly enjoyable * INTERZONE * Gripping, touching and funny * TLS *show more

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.show more

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Gripping, touching and funny TLSshow more

Rating details

18,107 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 42% (7,672)
4 38% (6,892)
3 16% (2,916)
2 3% (529)
1 1% (98)

Our customer reviews

If you like Culture novels, then this is a must have! Heavy focus on Ships and Minds and loads of cool tech.show more
by Tony Dillon
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