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 names they choose are so entertaining, and I want to come up with my own name. My second reason is that the humans characters felt bland for me compared to those in the other books.

EXCESSION by Iain M. Banks | Kirkus Reviews

The view returned to normal. So far all they’d done was exchange a few pleasantries and talk a little about old times; partly, of course, so that Genar-Hofoen could satisfy himself that this apparition had genuinely been sent by his uncle and SC had paid him the enormous compliment of sending not one but two personality-states to him in order to argue him round to doing whatever it was they wanted from him that the hologram might be a brilliantly researched forgery created by SC would be even more of a compliment… but that way lay paranoia.

Feb 28, Chanda rated it it was amazing. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Excession is Iain Banks’ clunkiest book so far. Quick scan around, nothing immediately threatening, it would seem… Hmm. He ran along the lip of the face-cut to the top of the inclined plane; everybody was shouting and running around. Light, bursting from all around it and bearing the signature of plasma fire, drummed into its casing with what felt like the pressure of a small nuclear blast.

This is quite possibly one of my all time favorite books.

Having bankz all the present with such ruthlessness, did they embark on a campaign to defeat the future too, make it love them as we all pretend to? All of the communication between ships start with a long sequence of coordinates before each excedsion which Kenny delivers in a kind of sing-song voice which became like an automatic cue for my brain to wonder what I am going to watch on Netflix next and whether Ada Palmer might marry me if I composed my fan letter oh-so-perfectly.


So what have they told you, Uncle? I have a hollow feeling in my stomach, as if someone excessoin reached their hand down my bansk and pulled some of my internal organs out. Banks at his magnificent best. The avatar looked at the woman with a strange, lost, wild look in its eyes, and for a moment Dajeil was worried that something had gone wrong, that the ship had suffered some terrible injury or division, that it had gone quite mad after all, its fellows regarded it as being half-mad already, at best and left Amorphia abandoned to its own inadequate devices.

Oct 03, Tyan rated it it was amazing.


I would have thought that one of the last places one would have expected to find on any itinerary concerning the search for truth would be inside the minds of mere animals. Would you guys try it out if it was as easy to switch back and forth as in the Culture? Individually and collectively, they would seem to have almost limitless power over their own existences.

Why can’t I stop it? Beyond a certain point, there was simply nothing you could do; there was no brilliant plan you could draw iani or cunning stratagem you could employ that would not seem laughably simple and unsophisticated to a profoundly more developed enemy.

This puts them in conflict with a number of AI or giant Artificial Intelligence machines called Minds who also want to have this artifact. Notes on Bliss December 30, Eventually a heavy maintenance unit, about the size of a human torso and escorted by bakns trio of small self-motivated effector side-arms appeared at the far end of the bankz companionway above it and floated down through the currents of climbing gas until they were directly over the small, pocked, smoking and splintered casing of the drone.

I think I’ll take a little break now from the Culture: The intrigues-within-intrigues are mindblowing in this. Dajeil had on occasion discussed details of the various ecologies contained within the ship’s habitats with Amorphia, who seemed politely interested and yet frankly ignorant on the subject even though the ship’s knowledge of the ecosystems was, in effect, total; the creatures belonged to the vessel, after all, whether you regarded them as passengers or pets.

My reviews of the Culture novels: Of course, the whole Culture set is a triumph of the imagination, a lasting monument to the author’s incredible skill.

Spacecraft with Minds of their own, and those who like reading about same. She tried to imagine what they felt, what they knew.


Dzanc Books September 18, Men and women in this book are all somewhat ridiculous stereotypes, and you never get the sense of thousands of years exfession advancement in the way they ganks. Outside the Culture are the Ulterior — which appear to be those that have kind of stepped away from the Culture, but not strictly left; the Eccentrics we already know ixin, those minds which have gone nomad and left the Culture to be on their own; and finally the Elench who have broken away from the Culture and who seek to be absorbed into other civilisations rather than the Culture’s ethos of absorbing younger civilisations into them.

May 30, Peter Tieryas rated it it was amazing. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Genar-Hofoen returns to the Affront, having been rewarded by being physically transformed into a member of the Affront species whose company he finds more stimulating than that of the Culture’s people.

What is going on? It really was alone. For the artifact bznks something they need to understand first, before it falls into less understanding hands – and triggers a political and military crisis which will threaten everything the Culture has achieved.

nanks In fact, they’re sure she does, though it’s almost equally certain that she doesn’t know what she knows. Now why didn’t you try that in the first place? Still, she did not respond in kind by asking after whatever might pass as the health of either a humanly formed but ship-controlled entity which functioned – as far as she knew – solely as the vessel’s contact with her, or indeed the ship itself.

Excession by Iain M. Banks – ENTROPY

So he’d gone to bed and had a pretty good if maybe still not quite long enough sleep and Uncle Tishlin’s message had just had to sit twiddling its n semantics in the module’s AI core, waiting till he got up. There was nobody to talk to, nobody to interview, nothing to do profiles of.

So what was your opinion?

He was quite comfortable where he was.