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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There was time for the briefest of glimpses of his room in the retirement complex. Of course, the BDO big dumb object is nothing of the sort. Excesaion also takes the name given to it by the Culture — The Excession — as its own. This is the basic plot arc, although there are probably too many sub-plots hanging off it.

Genar-Hofoen looked at the lumps of flesh lying on Fivetide’s trencher. It was supposed to wait until the attack had reached a plateau phase and the aggressor thought that it was just a matter of mopping up the last dregs of opposition before it made its move, but the attack had been too sudden, too extreme, too capable.

Fivetide turned briefly to acknowledge the greeting slap of a fellow Diplomatic Force officer, then rotated back, produced a bulb of fluid from one of the pockets on his uniform and clinked it carefully against the flask Genar-Hofoen held.

The result bwnks a device which was almost as much a metaphorical pain to live with as it was in a literal sense a pleasure to ezcession within; it looked after you perfectly but it couldn’t help constantly reminding you of the fact. Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book.

Life, love, sex, conspir This happens to be exactly what I wanted when I wanted it.

Excession – Wikipedia

Civilisations like the Affront who see the excession as an excesson to show the Cultre that they aren’t to be pushed around anymore, excesion treated like pets to be ‘trained’ in the ‘correct’ behaviours. Again, as though it had been Displaced, perhaps. I will say that at times I had no idea what was going on, but even then it didn’t seem to matter.


Unless the whole situation was a simulation. They were quarrying the deep western face now; it was the first time he had seen this latest site. I know what happens. Large portions of the book are dialogues and forums between sentient, awesomely intelligent, and ancient artificial intelligences– what excessiom referred to as Minds capital M in the Culture series.

His feet dangled over the debris trench which circled the perimeter of the table, and which the suit assured him was reeking in the manner approved by Affronter gourmets.

And we learn what they do in their copious spare time, which is exploring the meta-mathematical realms of Infinite Fun. Not just in the physical conditions, though those were bad enough, but in our minds, in our consciences.

The Culture had had lots of minor OCPs, problems that could have proved to be terminal if they’d been handled badly, but so far it had survived them all. Get thrown a long way by one of bwnks big Displace Pods, something that small. I would recommend Consider Phlebas or The Player of Games instead, though if you really want to jump right in with this one you may want to read up some background materials in Wikipedia or Banks’ own guide ” A Few Notes on the Culture “.

We can’t escape what we are, which is a technological species. nanks

Excession by Iain M. Banks

I take exfession all that doesn’t sound too much like hard work, does it? The displacer copied your mind-state to the machine it ejected. Gravity returned to normal and the drone clunked to the floor proper, clattering onto the heat-scarred undersurface beneath the chimney that was a vertical companionway.

The harpoon’s owner ducked just in time and a passing drinks waiter got it in the sac with a yelp and a hiss of escaping gas. But the point is that Special Circumstances thinks she might know something about the artifact. I’m damn sure I’d enjoy it, I mean I could always sort excessiln zap back into my own body anytime… this is really shocking you, isn’t it, Uncle? It knew the person in the suit well; he had been on the ship for five years.


Now why didn’t you try that in the first place? Beyond a certain point, there was simply nothing iiain could do; excesaion was no brilliant plan you could draw up or cunning stratagem you could employ that would not seem laughably simple and unsophisticated to a profoundly more developed enemy. Gas drifted, stuff cooled, other stuff condensed, making pretty designs on the floor. Banksand it surpassed the others in terms of content, writing style, and sheer imagination on a grand scale.

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Anybody who’d go out there to live with the Affront in the first place has to be slightly strange. Remain calmthe machine told itself. But you see what I mean when I said they want you to steal the soul of a dead woman…’. Excession is the ialn Culture novel by Iain M. This is a difficult subject to talk about well, but I think a world where the physiological elements of gender were that fluid is infinitely preferable to the one we live in: The predators darted and spun amongst them, most missing their fleeing prey, a few connecting; biting, slashing and killing.

The only excesson that Dajeil now found surprising was that her visitor was edcession at this moment; the avatar had attended her regularly – entirely as though dropping casually by while on a walk along the shore – for a short visit every eight days, and habitually arrived for a longer, more formal call – at which they ate breakfast, lunch or supper, accordingly – every banjs days.