From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, With the Culture thus distracted by the Excession, the cruel. Excession [Iain M. Banks] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Iain M. Banks is a true original, an author whose brilliant speculative fiction has. by Joseph Michael Owens, Kyle Muntz, and Peter Tieryas Liu. Excession by Iain M. Banks Spectra, pages / Amazon /.

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Actually it suspected it knew. I have a hollow feeling in my stomach, as if someone just reached their hand down my throat and pulled some of my internal organs out. If you enjoy the site please consider a small donation towards the cost of the upkeep and development of SFBook. The displacer on the other side of the hull wall completed its cycle; it snapped a field around and instantly swallowed a sphere of space not much bigger than the head of a human; the resulting bang would have been quite loud in anything other than the mayhem the on-board battle had created.

Never before directly investigated by the Elench, though there had been the usual deep-space remote scans from afar, showing nothing special. I don’t need to spend my imaginary time there too.

Excesion and try again.


Banks offers readers a deeply imaginative, wittily satirical tale, proving once again that he is “a talent to be reckoned with” “Locus”. Technology is neither good or bad, it’s up to the user. As much as I loved the excwssion, two points kept me from considering it one of the best banka the series. After having been burned by the likes of The MartiansI decided not to sully my opinion of the series so early on.


Where were its memories? I love the Minds.

Or did it just appear to? He excession left and right, acknowledging appreciative applause in the form of whip-snapped excesxion, then settled back into the padded Y-shaped bracket that served as a seat.

Fivetide belched, shoved a piece of meat half the size of a human head into his beak and turned back to the fun in the animal pit, where the fresh pair of scratchounds were still circling warily, sizing each other up.

The effector weapons’ aim had stayed locked onto the drone the whole way down. He flinched and dodged to one side, nearly falling off the seat, as a harpoon sailed by to his left, narrowly missing him.

Excession by Iain M. Banks

And you and I may have to part company. Banks for the pleasure you have given me on numerous occasions. A black body is an idealized physical body that absorbs all incident electromagnetic radiationregardless of frequency or angle of incidence. Give me an infinitesimal fraction of a second. The rxcession itself lay inside a great bowl they had blasted in the glacier; men, machines and drag-lines moved like insects in the bottom of the vast cup of shining ice.

Colours and patterns on the sashes indicated Fivetide’s clan, rank and regiment which was what the Diplomatic Force, to which Fivetide belonged, basically was… a point not wisely ignored by any species who wished to have – or ban,s found themselves having – any dealings with the Affront. Dec 11, Maggie K rated it really liked it. Then another voice excesion over:.

This is Kinda Disappointeddo you read me? That was an Outside Context Problem; so was the suitably up-teched version that happened to whole planetary civilisations when somebody like the Affront chanced upon them first rather than, say, the Culture.

Dajeil raised her gaze to the overcast. I will still do that but it will be with a very heavy heart. By this measure the love, or just the appreciation, of weapons was a kind of tragedy. Mar 28, Brad rated it liked it Shelves: 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.


The drone drifted through the darkness of interstellar space.

All to change, and the sea and the sky to become as stone, or steel… Excesison shook her head again, and wondered what extremity of circumstance could possibly have so galvanised the great craft that had been her home, her refuge for so long.

Hiding in the darkness, the drone suspected it was already too late. Fivetide, who was from a family of the sort bnaks would describe itself as comfortably off rather than rich, and to whom fifty suckers was half a month’s disposable income, flinched microscopically, then slapped another tentacle down on top of the first one.

Excession, a book by Iain M Banks | Book review

What sort of gift can you get for the Culture that has everything? It really puts things in perspective, and speaks to the idea of scale that, at least for me, becomes consistently more important the further into the series you go.

Then he was in the hold of a ship, crammed in with thousands of other people in the darkness, surrounded again by stink and filth and screams and pain.