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Excession (Culture Series #4)

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    This is Banks' novel that focuses the most on the ship-minds as

    This is Banks' novel that focuses the most on the ship-minds as characters in their own right. So the main characters are AI's (artificial intelligences). It is readable as an intro but Look to Windward or The Player of Games would be better first novels for an introduction to the world of The Culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    What's an Excession?

    The word 'Excession' is brilliant. It's impossible that this word didn't exist before it was created by Banks. The development of the story is fairly slow, but given the title, no problem. I think it fits. The hard science in the story seem to be backed up be recent developments in physics. Beyond this book, in my opinion, Banks' invention of the Culture is brilliant but also utterly realistic: we all use mobiles (cell-phones). When will we tire of holding these 'handsets' to our ears? Who will be the first to have a wireless head-set grafted/implanted behind his or her ears? I think something like that will definitely happen. That will lead to a type of 'telepathy' that effectively is a step towards the Culture, as described by Banks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    Suggested Introduction to 'The Culture'..

    Though a great book and a great author, I felt that this book was slow getting in to. This happened a little over half-way for me. I think that the utter creative and 'strange' Culuture-universe that Ian Banks has created was to 'blame'. I would suggest reading Banks' 'Player of Games' as the introduction to this universe and then read this excelent book. Don't get me wrong after I read this book I was sold on Banks' 'The Culture'.

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