Excession (Culture Series #4)

Excession (Culture Series #4)

by Iain M. Banks, Iain M. Banks
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Excession (Culture Series #4) by Iain M. Banks, Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks is a true original, an author whose brilliant speculative fiction has transported us into worlds of unbounded imagination and inimitable revelatory power. Now he takes us on the ultimate trip: to the edge of possibility and to the heart of a cosmic puzzle....

Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been selected by the Culture to undertake a delicate and dangerous mission. The Department of Special Circumstances—the Culture's espionage and dirty tricks section—has sent him off to investigate a 2,500-year-old mystery: the sudden disappearance of a star fifty times older than the universe itself. But in seeking the secret of the lost sun, Byr risks losing himself.

There is only one way to break the silence of millennia: steal the soul of the long-dead starship captain who first encountered the star, and convince her to be reborn. And in accepting this mission, Byr will be swept into a vast conspiracy that could lead the universe into an age of peace...or to the brink of annihilation.

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ISBN-13: 9780553575378
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Series: Culture Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 497
Sales rank: 186,871
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Excession 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JosetheSciFiFan More than 1 year ago
If you like Space Opera then you will love this. It doesn't get much bigger or much more dramatic than this. The ship 'minds' are real characters and the dialogue between them excellent. Tension builds and it all ends in a spectacular space battle - what's not to love?
atom_box More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.