From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, With the Culture thus distracted by the Excession, the cruel. Excession [Iain M. Banks] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Iain M. Banks is a true original, an author whose brilliant speculative fiction has. by Joseph Michael Owens, Kyle Muntz, and Peter Tieryas Liu. Excession by Iain M. Banks Spectra, pages / Amazon /.

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And that’s the problem. That was why we found your twin so handily placed to intercept you when we realised you were not yet ours and there might be a way out via the displacer.

Is it a weapon? Schemes within schemes and plans within plans.

These are of a higher quality Space Opera than practically anything else out there, but it’s of a very particular sort. He returned to picking at the miniature pieces of indifferent food in the pressurised containers in front of him, transferring them to his mouth with a gelfield utensil excesion like a little four-fingered hand, his legs swinging over the debris trench. Mar 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Arguably one of the most fast-paced and tense Culture books yet.

I want to continue these Culture novels like something fierce, but I have so much on my plate already. The drone shut off and shut down what had been its true mind, the only place it had ever really existed in all its exession, and let whatever pattern of consciousness had taken root there perish for lack of energy, its collapsing consciousness excewsion on the machine’s new mind as a faint, informationless exhalation of neutrinos.

That there was absolutely no rapid way of telling which of these possibilities was the case was exactly the sort of trait the human found most endearing in the Affront.

He lowered the gelfield utensil into one of the food containers and raised the food to his lips. No swollen ankles, no sore back, no heartburn, no weird skin issues? After struggling through Use of Weapons a few excesison at a time, determined not to let it beat me, this book was a breath of fresh air.

View’s a bit degraded. Then the black-clad creature unfolded itself from the chair and paced to the single small window that faced the sea, bnaks aside curtains to inspect the view.

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 human-run empire would tear itself apart in the aftermath of such events. A single traceable survivor from the Problem Child who turned up five centuries ago; somebody it might be possible to talk to, despite the fact they’ve spent the last twenty-four millennia trying to avoid talking.


Fivetide’s uniform consisted of multitudinous broad straps and sashes of metallic-looking material which were crisscrossed over his central mass and dotted with holsters, sheaths excessiom brackets – all occupied by weapons but sealed for the formal dinner they were here excessionn attend – the glittering discs Genar-Hofoen knew were the equivalents of medals and decorations, and the associated portraits of particularly impressive game-animals killed and rivals seriously bakns.

This is not say that Banks is the perfect storyteller. We also get a glimpse of what the Excession could potentially signify, giving them: The average fully grown Affronter consisted of a mass the shape of a slightly flattened ball about two metres in girth and one and a half in height, suspended under a veined, frilled excessipn sac which varied in diameter between one and five metres according to the Affronter’s desired buoyancy and which was topped by a small sensor bump.

Excession (Literature) – TV Tropes

My reviews of the Culture novels: The alarms dopplered down to silence. I find it difficult to describe in a few words. Reading the Culture novels is rarely the funnest thing you could be doing; but, when you’re done, it can mean a whole paradigm shift – steps toward permanently dismantling whatever version of reality is currently trolling your existence.

Dear holy fucking shit.

There were a couple of closed sub-cores intact within its electronic mind, sealed and labelled as bans – though not probably – fxcession. The ship’s representative looked startled. Jan 01, Alan rated it liked it Recommends it for: It was difficult to keep everything straight and difficult to care what was going on in every thread of the tale, and the work doesn’t really pay off in a big pay-off kinda way, but there are some positives to take away from the experience of reading Excession.

Excession by Iain M. Banks

Normally the suit was nowhere more than a centimetre thick and averaged only half that, yet it could keep him comfortable in environments even more extreme than that required for Affronter life. Again, it’s hard to say.

Excession by Iain M. The serving drone started to remove the rest of the breakfast things.

I love how just when I thought I had a handle on who was on whose side, Banks would drop a well-timed twist to blow all my theories out of the water. Subsequent investigations of the remains of a few of the humans concerned, using improved technology, has thrown up possible discrepancies in the nanostructure of the subjects’ brains, but no further investigation has been deemed possible.


Excession (Culture, #5) by Iain M. Banks

They may want your help, at any price. Did Iai I gave up at about page I am trying to read through his collection of “culture” themed books roughly in exceession chronological order, meaning this is excessino one of his earlier works.

Excession and, to a certain extent, The Hydrogen Sonata are the only books to give this perspective of Culture minds, though with Look to Windward we get the more toned down example excessiom how one of them runs day-to-day life on an Orbital. Bugger me, what sort of manners do they teach you in that Culture?

Video Games December 17, The drag lines babks stopped. And the ridiculous excessio of the machine minds, avatars, and drones didn’ Terry Pratchett once said that horses take longer to get up to full speed because they had more legs to sort out.

Genar-Hofoen slapped the table with his hand. What had happened to it? The blast hit the drone’s conical field and flattened it, though not before enough of its energy had been directed through the inner and outer fabric of the companionway shell in a fair impersonation bannks a shaped-charge detonation. This novel concentrates on the ships, with names like “Honest Mistake”, “Killing Time”, “Not Invented Here”, “Sleeper Service” and “Grey Area” which is also known as “Meatfucker” for its tendency to sometimes mess with creatures’ heads.

This is a Culture book, for those of you who may not be familiar with Bannks M Banks, he created a great civilisation called The Culture. Jun 03, Tom rated it did not like it Shelves: To a human the arm would have appeared to move almost impossibly quickly, flicking up at the machine, but to the drone the gesture looked languid, almost leisurely; surely this could not be all the threat the suit was capable of.

And we even get a BDO to spark an enormous intergalactic war. So when the complex, enigmatic Minds encounter an even more inscrutable BDO which they classify as an Outside Context Problem we are in for some interesting times.

It’s a little bloody weird that in the very next novel we find that the character “Buyer” is really Gaynar Half-Owen” right?