The State of the Art: Stories

The State of the Art: Stories

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by Iain M. Banks
     
 

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Iain M. Banks' only short-story collection, never before published in the US.

Contents:

* Road of Skulls
* A Gift from the Culture
* Odd Attachment
* Descendant
* Cleaning Up
* Piece
* The State of the Art
* Scratch
* A Few Notes On the Culture

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Iain M. Banks' only short-story collection, never before published in the US.

Contents:

* Road of Skulls
* A Gift from the Culture
* Odd Attachment
* Descendant
* Cleaning Up
* Piece
* The State of the Art
* Scratch
* A Few Notes On the Culture

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Accompanied by a lengthy essay, "A Few Notes on the Culture" (1997), these seven arresting short stories and the disturbing novella that provides the title for Banks's latest SF collection all date from 1984-1987, the period of his bizarre mainstream novel The Wasp Factory and the extravagant genre novel Consider Phlebas, both cult-inspiring works. In short pieces like "Road of Skulls" and "Piece," Banks turns convention upside down and inside out, with shocker-endings that linger like smoke rising from a crematorium. "Odd Attachment" traces a marooned spaceman and his AI suit on a tortuous survival trek across an uninhabited planet, illustrating Banks's preoccupation with the "self-generative belief system" that applies to both humans and AIs in the Culture, the setting for the title story and some of his SF novels. Viewing Earth and Homo sapiens through the eyes of the Culture, a galactic group-civilization spawned by a handful of humanoid species several thousand years in the past, allows Banks to speculate on his dearest philosophical topics: the preferability of anarchy in space, denunciation of market economies as "synthetic evil," never-ending education for both humans and machines, and genetic manipulation. For all their wrenching images and sadistic twists, Banks's unsettling tales bestow a grim gift, the ability to see ourselves as others might see us. Agent, Mic Cheetham. (Nov. 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597800747
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
04/11/2007
Series:
Culture Series
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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