The Algebraist

The Algebraist

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

It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year.

The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars.

Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of - part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony - Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer - a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known.

As complex, turbulent and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, this novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.

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

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 34mm | 438g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0
  • 1841492299
  • 9781841492292
  • 61,580

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There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness The TIMES
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Gripping, touching and funny * T.L.S. * Explosive * Sunday TIMES * Confirms Banks as the standard by which the rest of SF is judged * The GUARDIAN * There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness * The 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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3 20% (3,376)
2 5% (758)
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