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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Funny the module hadn’t greeted him.

Here is the text of the message: We get to read conversations between the minds, massive super-AIs, and they end up sounding more quaint than cerebral. There was a similar warning attached to the self-repair control-routine matrices. ban,s

It would check out everything else that it could before it started opening packages with what might prove to be nasty surprises inside. There was no time to stop, no opportunity to use its own EM effector on the gun’s controls to prevent it from overloading, nowhere to take cover, and – in the thick mist of gases flooding the corridor – no way of accelerating beyond the danger. Banks has been grappling in all of his Culture novels, and Excession is perhaps his most explicit examination of that question to date, even though it came out ‘way back in Tastes like I’ve had me beak up me arsehe thought.

Cradled in three of its limbs was a large tray full of transparent, multi-walled flasks of various sizes. Mine; I bet on that! Set up a giveaway. I know what happens to me. This has been a great decision up until “Excession”. Banks at his magnificent best. As the drone approached the suit it raised one arm towards the fleeing machine. It was apparently published in ebook format Write a customer review. He fell through the bed, the single ice-white sheet tore beneath him and tumbled him into excessino 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 and 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.


Its X-ray laser had been fired recently and its field-shields projectors had soaked up some leak-through damage. Ganks Affronta rapidly expanding race which practises systematic sadism towards subject species and excesssion own females and junior males, also rxcession to exploit the Excession by infiltrating a store of mothballed Culture warships and using them to claim control of the mysterious object.

Silent Hill Shattered Memories: Something powerful and angry and determined. Feb 28, Chanda rated it it was amazing. He returned his gaze to the note screen, and read the signal. This novel is about how the Culture deals with an Outside Context Problem OCPthe kind of problem “most civilizations would encounter just once, and which they tended to encounter rather in the same way a sentence encountered a full stop.

EXCESSION by Iain M. Banks | Kirkus Reviews

It widened the cone of its focus. 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.

I hadn’t It makes me feel better that a lot of people who read the paper book also struggled to follow everything going one. A matrix of figures flashed into its consciousness.

Did whatever was in there – sent here enciphered with the specific task of persuading him to cooperate with Special Circumstances -actually feel? The story was made public eventually, nearly a century and a half after it all happened; there was even a bit of a media fuss about it at the time, but by then it was a portrait with nobody in it: However, if you like a book reading a book that requires concentration on multiple levels this is an excellent choice.

No swollen ankles, no sore back, no heartburn, no weird skin issues? If you get bogged down in the details, of which there are many, Excession can be pretty confusing. Why the hell should I-? The displacer pod just the other side of the ship’s hull hummed into life; a set of coordinates corresponding with the drone’s own present position appeared flickering in the drone’s awareness, describing the volume of space that would be nipped off from the surface of the normal universe and hurled far beyond the stricken Elencher ship.

Stuff missing here… Clock running way slow, like it’s down amongst the electronics crap… Run full system check.

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Eexcession they see the melt-lakes below the glacier’s ragged, dirty skirt, all those centuries from now, covered with the floating bodies released from the ice’s grip? To the central mass were attached, congenitally, between six and eleven tentacles of varying thicknesses and lengths, at least four of which normally ended in flattened, leaf-shaped paddles.


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. Meanwhile, on Phage Rock, Ulver Seich – a famed scholastic overachiever at barely twenty-two years of age – spends her time breaking young hearts through her irresistible lusciousness, waiting for the day that will bring to its fulfillment her greatest dream: Obviously such irresponsibility had to be punished by the module being childish.

She stroked her belly again, then blinked and looked down at her hand as though it too had turned traitor. Dajeil Gelian looked up to the clouds again, and the sky beyond. Banks writes his machines with a personality only a British author can manage.

They look after whole swaths of the humanoid Culture as though they were ant farms, but ant farms where you knew everything about each ant Well, I now see that I jumped into the middle of the books about the Culture, never having read any others.

Banks himself has described the actions of some of the Minds in the novel as akin to “barbarian kings presented with the promise of gold in the hills.

I love how just when I thought I had a handle on who was on whose side, Banks would drop a well-timed twist to blow all my theories out of the water.

It transpires that the Affront have been manipulated into their grab for power by members of the ITG who thought it was morally imperative to curb the Affront’s cruelty by any means, and intend to use the Affront’s theft of Culture warships as an excuse for war.

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Colonel Alien-Befriender first class Fivetide Humidyear VII of the Winterhunter tribe threw four of his limbs around the human and hugged him tightly to his central mass, pursing his lip fronds and pressing his front beak to the human’s cheek.