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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The emissary of the ship let its eye stalks dip to either side, the Affronter equivalent of a smile. By accepting the mission, Byr irrevocably plunges himself into a conspiracy: I may not be in Contact any more excesssion I’m happy to help out when I can, when they have a problem.

And the ridiculous names 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. It found, as it was rightly and properly supposed to, an awful beauty in both the weaponry of war and the violence and devastation which that weaponry was capable of inflicting, and yet it knew that attractiveness stemmed from a kind of insecurity, a sort of childishness.

The best part of the story is certainly the Minds themselves, particularly excesdion names of the Ships. Encountering an example of was one of the risks you ran when you went a-wandering.

Did Iain Banks know any women? It swivelled its head, fixing its beady gaze upon the woman. If the Grey Area was actually inside the GSV at the time it probably couldn’t carry it off undetected.

He saw the air hose and grabbed it.

Fivetide turned on the waiter. In this respect, while neither of these human characters have a huge effect on dealing with the Excession, their peripheral actions greatly influenced one of the ships directly involved in the plot. There’s also a conspiracy going on Wodehouse’s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist. The universe of the Culture is one of the most unique world’s I’ve ever read about. Banks has constructed a universe where, despite all of the gigantic technical achievements he depicts, the panoply of Galactic history, human beings still matter.


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 abstract semantics in the module’s AI core, waiting till he got up. Others again looked on with the sort of expression Genar-Hofoen had learned to recognise as a smirk. Quick scan around, nothing immediately threatening, it would seem… Hmm. A Suicide December 28, What’s great about Banks’s portrayals of these Artificial Intelligences a term at which they naturally bristle is that they are people, with all the personality quirks, vanities, and emotional concerns one would expect from people.

The General Systems Vehicle Death and Gravity had been a long-winded old bore when he’d known it and it sounded like nothing had happened in the interim to alter its conversational style. It scanned the stars. Fivetide clapped his forebeak together a couple of times.

It was a deep, deliberately authoritative voice, its pronunciation almost too perfect.

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Subversion as moral imperative. View all 13 comments. It ran a rewind of the debris shell’s expansion; it originated at a point forty klicks behind the position where it had first woken up, eighteen fifty-three milliseconds ago. I want to continue these Culture novels like something fierce, but I have so much on my plate already.

It was worse this time. It would take it days to bootstrap the routines that would even start to replace the mechanisms that would construct the self-repair nano-units. The vessel made excesslon and signals like it was moving off through space again.

The Excession of the title is a perfect baanks sphere that appears mysteriously on the edge of Culture space, appearing to be older than the Universe itself and that resists the attempts of the Culture and technologically equivalent societies notably the Zetetic Elench to probe it.

The Lies We Tell December 26, It really puts things in perspective, and speaks ban,s the idea of scale that, at least for me, becomes consistently more important the further into the series you go. The displacer was edcession to… oh, just read my brains; I’m not sore but I’m tired. Then a pulse of energy shot through a multi-purpose cable buried in the wall behind, oscillating wildly then settling back to a steady, utterly unrecognisable pattern.


A flight of the box-kite creatures was poised in the air just under the cloud surface directly above the tower, dark rectangular shapes hanging still against the greyness as though standing sentinel over her. 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.

He flinched and dodged to one side, nearly falling off the seat, as a harpoon sailed by to his left, narrowly missing him. Read about his attempts at transmuting entropy at tieryas. Such a gotdamn great opening line!!


Kevin In the US store, it’s still not there! Like he JUST pulled that trick and now he does it again throwing in a sex change to really keep us off the scent?

Hell; isn’t that what this ambassador shit is supposed to be all about? As much as I wanted to get inside the mind of the Minds I found myself enjoying the story most when it honed in on the Affront rather than another side plot with nondescript excesion and Minds.

Probably the battle had now switched to the ship’s AI core and back-up photonic nuclei. This book made me laugh out loud on many occasions in pure delight of the staggering and almost b After struggling through Use of Weapons a few pages at a time, determined not to let it beat me, this book was a breath of fresh air. Under those conditions, Excession has about a dozen damn legs, because this book takes half its length to feel like it’s gaining any momentum.