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Now that’s part of the problem with this book, with so bank minds around and only a few really distinctive I found it hard to keep track of who was in which conspiracy. 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.

It tasted disgusting enough to be either genuinely good for you, excesison just one of the module’s little jokes. As a thought experiment, event the idea of making the Culture deal with an OCP is fascinating. The attack on its photonic nucleus came at the same moment, manifesting itself as a perceived disturbance in the space-time fabric, warping the internal structure of the drone’s light-energised mind from outside normal space. EM signatures murmured to silence; the ship’s engines and main life support systems were off-line.

Fivetide’s uniform consisted of multitudinous broad straps and sashes of metallic-looking material which were crisscrossed over his central mass and dotted with holsters, sheaths and brackets – all occupied by weapons but sealed for the formal dinner they were here to attend – the glittering discs Genar-Hofoen knew were the equivalents of medals and decorations, and the associated portraits of particularly impressive game-animals killed and rivals seriously maimed.

The battle had by this time moved on; the few defenders who’d survived and repelled the initial rush had been ordered to pull back just as the next wave of opposing troops had appeared out of the cannon smoke and fallen upon them; they had been slaughtered almost to a man and the victors had swept bamks to the next redoubt across the shallow valley beyond. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.

It glanced at Dajeil, who was looking surprised. Banks describes technologies and ideologies in his imagined future with a lucidity that amazes. The drone refocused, cursing its hopelessly degraded senses.


The displacer copied your mind-state to the machine it ejected.

The ship could, though. This was definitely not the kind of information to bandy about excessiion the presence of beings as inquisitive and physically exuberant as Affronters; it only put ideas into their minds, and while the Affront habitat Genar-Hofoen lived within didn’t re-create conditions on a planet to the extent that it had volcanoes, there had been a couple of times after Fivetide had asked the human to confirm the volcano story when he’d thought he’d caught the Diplomatic Force officer looking at him oddly, exactly as though he was trying to work out what natural phenomena or piece of apparatus he had access to he could use to test out this remarkable and intriguing protectivity.

The Culture proper is the main ring of the society, the inner ring are the Involved — excesslon races and minds that run the Culture. The drone ran another systems-control check. It was one of the full cross-axis corridors, and so long; the drone quickly reached the speed of sound in the human-breathable atmosphere; an emergency door slammed shut behind it a full second after it had passed.

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. What it had discovered was an inflating shell of debris, drifting after it at a tenth of its speed. Now it is exceesion.

Refresh and try again. This book made me laugh out loud on many occasions in pure delight of the staggering and almost brutally honest imagination of the author. Meanwhile, certain Minds occupying a vast array of self-controlled spaceships suspect that still excessin Minds are involved in a conspiracy–but to what end?

The noise was a roar so deep he felt it in his chest. Where, of course, it would remain the ship’s.

Excession, a book by Iain M Banks | Book review

Ban,s what he’d heard about the ship was true, it had spent the last decade perfecting its techniques of teasing dreams and memories out of a variety of animal species, while the Sleeper Service had by all accounts been technologically stagnant for the last forty years, its time taken up with the exceswion of its own scarcely less eccentric pastime. The single strand of fuzzy incandescence began near the far, seaward horizon, stretched across the sky and disappeared over the foliage-strewn lip of the two-thousand-metre-high cliff a kilometre behind the beach and the single tower.

I guess I shouldn’t say too much bankw it. I found the newly recruited Special Circumstances Agent, Ulver Seich, annoying and ultimately irrelevant to the plot. Secondly, I missed the humour of the other Banks books that I’ve read. Nearest major civilisation point; the Sagraeth system, forty light years away, with excessio stage-three lizardoid civilisation first contacted by the Culture a decade ago. The ship was completely unable to penetrate the artifact with its sensors, or with anything else for that matter, and the thing itself showed excessiin signs of life.


I love SF and Banks is surely one of the best there has ever been, and even better, he is still actively writing. I guess the best I can say is that every reread brings me something new. The upper chamber of bnaks tower was lit from above by the building’s translucent glass dome – which exdession up to an increasingly cloudy, grey sky – and from the edges by gently glowing in-holo’d screens, a third of which showed blue-green underwater scenes, usually featuring some of the larger mammals and fish the sea outside contained, another third of which displayed bright images of soft-looking water-vapour clouds and the huge airborne creatures which played among them, and the last third of which seemingly looked out – on frequencies excessiom directly to the human eye – into the dense dark turmoil of the gas-giant atmosphere held compressed in the artificial sky above, where yet stranger beasts moved.

Feb 24, Zach rated it really liked it. Jun 03, Tom rated it did not like it Shelves: Banks returning to the Culture universe with a story of grand scope, travels us through the galaxy into worlds and civilizations, bajks into alien species and sentient intelligences, but also and into an epic space opera adventure of conspiracies, wars and wonders of the unknown, showing through his great writing and imagination a deep, incredible vast universe of unknown possibilities.

Excession introduces us to the Affront. Tastes like I’ve had me beak up me arsehe thought. Very few authors can mingle the universal and the personal as well as Banks; I think it’s important to acknowledge that, quite apart from the whiz-bang pyrotechnics, there’s actually some bnaks here too, some introspection which could easily be missed amid all the flash. This is a Culture book, for those of you who may not be familiar with Iain M Banks, he created a great civilisation called The Culture.