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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Smoke was filling the companionway in the distance, then it ignited and the mixture of gases exploded down the tube. Iaib was saying something about the Culture to him and he’d already missed the first part of it while the two machines were filling his head with their squabble.
Dajeil rested her hand on her abdomen.
So what have they told you, Uncle? Part of the joy of Excession is hearing the Minds speak with each other, that matrix-like shower of numbers, text, esoteric syntax, and witty repartee.
It takes the air out of the fanciful world of the Culture, and makes them seem more like a future proxy for the British Empire, a bunch kain ultra-powerful aristocrats enforcing their values on everyone they view as stepping out of line. It’s several millenia in the future, but the dialogue and mannerisms seems straight out of the 80’s.
Schemes within schemes and plans excewsion plans. Description The fifth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. The drone ran another systems-control check. Fivetide turned to the human. I will say that at times I had no idea what was going on, but even then it didn’t seem to matter. The juvenile floated closer, trembling even more than politeness dictated, until it was within a tentacle reach.
Genar-Hofoen shook his head slightly, grinning to himself. I mean, how is a human going to describe beings a trillion times smarter than he is? Dajeil Gelian’s lonely, expectant vigil, and Gestra Ishmethit’s self-imposed exile on the asteroid Pittance, for two such individuals.
Excession by Iain M. Banks – ENTROPY
Basal Ganglia by Matthew Revert March 31, The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you’d tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position wxcession near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors ban,s hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running escession nicely like a canoe on wet grass… when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you’ve just been discovered, you’re all subjects of the Emperor now, he’s keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would excdssion a word with your priests.
His breath would not come back. It was drifting at about two-eighty klicks a second, almost directly away from the Esperi system. Consider Phlebas, ; The I have read all the novels of Iain M Banks and I read Excession first in the year it was published in paperback inand I have reread this book several times since.
As other reviewers have noted, there is far and away enough good bits to make the so-so parts worth getting through, even to largely bury them. If you’re not a Mind, you’d probably find it a bit confusing. They raced round a trench-track set into the top of the pit at the inner edge of the circular table, pursued by something long and slithery looking with a lot of teeth at each end.
I was thrilled to get to write for Tor. Genar-Hofoen thought for a moment. This was definitely not the kind of information to bandy about in the presence of beings as inquisitive and physically exuberant as Affronters; it only put ideas into their minds, and while the Affront habitat Genar-Hofoen lived within didn’t re-create conditions on a planet to the extent that it had volcanoes, there had been a couple of times after Fivetide had asked the human to confirm the volcano story when he’d thought he’d caught the Diplomatic Force officer looking at him oddly, exactly as though he was trying to work out what natural phenomena or piece of apparatus he had access to he could use to test out this remarkable and intriguing protectivity.
Indeed, the book as a whole is about limits: The excession is interesting but, in it self is not that important — it’s the reactions of the different Minds and groups of Minds as they try to deal with the excession, that’s interesting.
It glanced back at her for a moment. I know this bit.
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Most recent entry; ‘ Here is the text of the message: Excession and, to a certain extent, The Hydrogen Sonata are the only books excessio give this perspective of Culture minds, though with Look to Windward we get the more toned down example of how one of them runs day-to-day life on an Orbital.
She tried to imagine what they felt, what they knew. Banks books before but would like to read this one. During these events, and after speaking with Genar-Hofoen, Dajeil decides to complete her pregnancy and remain on the Sleeper Servicewhich sets course for a satellite galaxy.
He lowered the gelfield utensil into one of the food containers and raised the food to his lips.