From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, far-future Culture (The Player of Games, , etc.). Set in the remote future, Banks’s (Feersum Endjinn) latest novel mounts a galactic-scale space opera, or, to be more exact, a space opera buffa. The Culture, a. Joining me for this review of the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture Kyle Muntz: For me, Excession broadened the scope of the Culture.

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The carbon and the ions could originally have been part of itself, or part of the ship, or even part of a human. Despite technical civil war in the form of some Culture warships firing on other Culture ships, there are not many intimations of long-term repercussions for those actions; in contrast, I think a ezcession empire would tear itself apart in the aftermath of such events.

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Excession (Novel)

Then he remembered that the module wasn’t talking to him right now because he’d told the suit to accept no more excedsion last night. It knew the person in the suit well; he had been on the ship for five years. Banks’s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater.

The single alien specie to appear in this book are the boisterous and naturally cruel and callous Affronters, they are particularly interesting because they are not “evil” aliens per se, they are what they are, morality does not appear iajn be part of their DNA. Life, love, sex, conspir This happens to be exactly what I wanted when I wanted it.


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But how can exvession easily depict the incredibly complex and cerebral interactions, motivations, stratagems, of these AIs that can process a million separate thoughts in a nano-second?

Switchback Books December 4, As in Banks’ other Culture novels the excession themes are the moral dilemmas that confront a hyperpower and how biological characters find ways to give their lives meaning in a post-scarcity society that is presided over by benign super-intelligent machines. It stared into her eyes.

These ships and others discover the Excession hanging in space, tempting them with its almost unspeakable technological powers, and furious scheming as to how to best exploit it ensues. These are of a higher quality Space Opera than practically anything else out there, but it’s of a very particular sort.

It began to peel off around him. Large portions of the book are dialogues and forums between sentient, awesomely intelligent, and ancient artificial intelligences– what are referred to as Minds capital M in the Culture series. But it was certainly sentient and the point is that the information remained in the ship’s head, as it were. edcession

Banks, a minor character in some of P. Genar-Hofoen slapped the table with his hand.

The steel hawser parted somewhere down inside the bowl of mist with a noise like a shot. Don’t ask me how that’s supposed to be accomplished, but I think it’s got something to do with the ship they’re going to give you to get you to the Sleeper Serviceafter the Affronter bankss they’re going to hire for you has rendezvoused with it at Tier.

Retracks of debris clouds’ expansion profiles indicates mutual age of They are practical Minds after all. It wasn’t even the Laumeresque aliens known as the Affronters, though they were often played for laughs, and quite effectively too.

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Naturally, it left a load of satellites and sensor platforms behind it to monitor the artifact; all it had arrived with, in fact, plus a load more it had made while it was there.


Surrounded by brightly decorated covers, cushions and wall hangings, Dajeil reached from her couch to a low table of swirlingly carved bone and poured a warmed infusion of herbal juices from a glass pitcher into a goblet of hollowed crystal contained within a filigree of silver. This was an awesome and fun review I did with Joe Owens and Kyle Muntz about a year ago, and I’m probably going to do a follow up somewhere.

Other books in the series. Brilliantly inventive and amusing–whole sections read like strings of knowing jokes–but a mess: It felt like dumping the whole biochemical unit into space now but it knew the cellular soup its final back-up mind-substrate had turned into might come in handy for something. They are beaked, six-tentacled, air-sacked, hugely powerful, zealously warmongering, and viciously mean beings. Do you like my new uniform? It’s several millenia in the future, but the dialogue and mannerisms seems straight out of the 80’s.

Now, suit – command instruction: Apart from anything else, they had two weirdnesses on their hands; they assumed they had to be linked in some way but they couldn’t work out how, so they decided to wait and see before they told everybody else. The international sensation Iain M. The atmosphere pulsed with impact echoes; a breeze picked up, then disappeared. That seemed quite funny too.