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The fifth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.

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.

Praise for the Culture series:

'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

The Culture series:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Look to Windward
Surface Detail
The Hydrogen Sonata

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
The Algebraist
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 32mm | 300g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 9781857234572
  • 10,852

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Gripping, touching and funny TLS
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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 *
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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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27,573 ratings
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4 37% (10,133)
3 15% (4,272)
2 3% (852)
1 1% (279)

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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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