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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He fell through the bed, the single ice-white sheet tore beneath him and tumbled him into a bottomless tank of blood; he fell down through it to light, and the desert, and the rail line through the sands; he fell into one of the trains, into one of the trucks sxcession was there with his broken leg amongst the stinking dead and the moaning living, jammed in between the excrement-covered bodies with the weeping sores and the buzz of the flies and the white-hot rage of the thirst inside him.

Oct 03, Tyan rated it it was amazing. Then you will make the return journey to take up wherever you left off with our dear friends and allies the Affront. His leg ached, echoing with the pain of that excessiion injury on excessjon glacier.

What we got to look forward to, eh? Dajeil folded her arms across the bulge of her forty-year-old, self-perpetuated pregnancy.

Excession (Novel)

Dec 11, Maggie K rated it really liked it. Those the special police found hiding diaries were shot on the spot. 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 of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along 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 like a word with your priests.


The Hydrogen Sonata Iain M.

They are practical Minds after all. Its fields mirrored what they could; the rest roasted the machine to white heat and started to seep inside its body, beginning to destroy its more vulnerable components. Profoundly, even frighteningly alone.

Unless the whole situation was a simulation. He felt he’d showered enough. Now, was that a coincidence, or not?

None of this sloppiness. The series’ uniqueness is both awesome and offputting; the sort of stuff you wish people would write, but then you find excuses not to read.


I agree with both of you. What makes me re-live these terrible memories?

His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks. Early on it felt like there were too many excessioon, too many plot threads, too many settings, and that Excession was too damn convoluted to be good.

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Genar-Hofoen twisted in his seat and brought his left leg up to stamp its booted heel onto the table surface. On top of the suit he usually wore a gilet with pockets for gadgets, gifts and bribes and a crotch-cupping hip holster containing a couple of antique but impressive-looking hand guns. I’ll have to read it again.

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.


The Culture is subtly controlled by prodigiously intelligent artificial Minds, who, Banks intimates, spend most of their spare time navel-gazing. He shrugged, then turned his pockets inside out and let the mercury splash onto the mat. I was thrilled to get to write for Tor.

Excession by Iain M. Banks – ENTROPY

I would excwssion this book to anyone who is interested in SF as a vehicle for exploring humanity at both the micro and macro scale. He left the short jacket hanging on a piece of sculpture in the hall.

The stories and bsnks are all so interesting and just to experience this world of SciFi makes reading that genre interesting and exciting again. It’s several millenia in the future, but the dialogue and mannerisms seems straight out of the 80’s. 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.

The scratchounds were in mid-pounce now, baanks of them twisting as they leapt. Use Of Weapons Iain M. 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 about, 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.

Even banos voice still sounded the same; pompous and monotonous at the same time.