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The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
  

The Algebraist

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Another stunning ‘Cultureâ novel combining science fiction on a universal scale and surprisingly funny dialogue. Wormholes link places many light years apart but the one on the planet Ulbrus has been destroyed. While they wait for it to be fixed Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer, hears from a race of near immortals of a whole undiscovered network of wormholes. When the news leaks out 2 huge battle fleets descend on the planet. Wonderful space opera.

Comparison: Peter F Hamilton, Greg Bear.
Similar this month: None but try China Mieville although fantasy.

If you like Iain M. Banks you might also like to read books by James Smythe, David Wingrove and David Brin.

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The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year.

The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars.

Seconded to a military-religious order heâs barely heard of – part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony – Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer – a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone heâs ever known.

As complex, turbulent, flamboyant and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, the new science fiction novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.

Reviews

'It positively boils with ideas and crackles with creative energy…The Algebraist opens a window on the unknown and lets fresh air blow into the genre' The Scotsman

'The masterâs characteristic touches are present in great abundance' The Independent

'[Banks] has the skill to paint in words the most breathtaking portraits … a return to the happy hunting grounds of Banks's early SF' The Guardian

'Brilliant; a hugely enjoyable romp' The Alien Online

About the Author

Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream (published under the name Iain Banks) and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.

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Banks’ Culture series, of which this the latest instalment, is space opera at its exuberant best: adventures and conflicts on a galactic scale, alien races by the dozen, non-stop action, a gallery of sharply-edged characters in search of the truth and racing against time. All the ingredients are perfectly stirred to provide first class entertainment and science fiction at its most stirring. Makes STAR WARS look simplistic.

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Publication date

4th July 2005

Author

Iain M. Banks

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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
NewGen - YA Fiction
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ISBN

9781841492292

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