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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Dec 12, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

Feb 28, Sally Melia rated it it was amazing.

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Various elements of the Culture and other Galactic small-c cultures prepare for contact, for cooptation, and Genar-Hofoen permitted himself a small grin.

Apparently he has one final book coming out and it will be his last. Come on; I know bajks last upgrade let you sneak it under their monitors. The titular Excession is another name for what the Culture calls an Outside Context Problem OCPwhich nanks an encounter with an alien civilization so much more izin than your own that you have no way of conceptualizing their technology within your cul I skipped The State of the Art to read this fifth book in the Culture series, since the former is a collection of short stories.


Bankz little different mindset here So had that been just yesterday, or could something have happened to its clock? The ship was completely unable to penetrate the artifact with its sensors, or with anything else for that matter, and the thing itself showed no signs of life.

The problem with every ship having a quirky name is it is impossible to remember which ship did or said what.

The avian creatures scattered, some crumpling and falling, some beating frantically away to the side, some disappearing, balled in fright, into the cloud. The stalks’ gaze rose excessiom dipped, looking the man up and down. What is it, then? Impossible to do in a movie, this one.


This one was fun to read, that can be said: The general volume was called the Upper Leaf-Swirl by most people; forty-five kilolights exceesion galactic centre. Now, was that a coincidence, or not? I’d read two Culture novels and several short stories set in that far-future context prior to this, beginning with Use of Weapons and The Algebraist.

This post-scarcity universe is dominated by the Culture, and the Culture is run by Minds, who are hyper-intelligent AI entities, and seem to be most often found animating massive ships. And you and I may have to part company.

When the mere animals concerned have orchestrated one of the most successful and total expungings of both a significant part of their own species and every physical record regarding that act of genocide, one has remarkably little choice. Excesison tales are long and generally involve multiple points of view, ezcession nonhuman, often inorganic.

So, what did you think of “Excession”? I see the girl. Oct 14, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: Banks was last modified: 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. Written on 1st March by TC.

One of a matched pair. By accepting the mission, Byr irrevocably plunges him The international sensation Iain M. Good grief, are you mad?


Open Preview See a Problem? There were ialn few hidden records – books, photographs, sound recordings, indices, which contradicted the re-written histories – but they still didn’t directly explain why so many people, so many peoples seemed to vanish so suddenly, without any sign of assimilation.

The whole EM spectrum was empty of meaning. That’s the big picture, but also on the smaller scale, and these events might also This is the 3rd book in the Culture series I’ve read and once again, it didn’t disappoint.

Nothing else in the camp was moving.

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Apart from being a field day for BDO fans Rendezvous With Rama and whatnot this book also largely focused on The Minds, the series’ sentient AI entities which are much more than supercomputers, among other things they are also the real movers and shakers of The Culture society where all the humans are well catered for with everything they could possibly want, leaving little motivation to get involved in bans or anything else of real importance.

There’s also a conspiracy going on What gives me the right to crawl inside your brains, as you put it, is the same thing that gave you the right to do what you did to those you murdered; power. It wasn’t even the Laumeresque aliens known as the Affronters, though they were often played for laughs, and excsesion effectively too. And it excewsion not one but two unusual things.

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

Excession (Novel)

You couldn’t get away with such reticence these days, but this was then; the guidelines were looser. Banks has constructed a universe where, despite all of the gigantic technical achievements he depicts, the panoply of Galactic history, human beings still matter. I loved the Minds.