It is 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. Banks (Look to Windward) pulls out all the stops in this gloriously over-the-top, state-of-the-art space opera, a Hugo nominee in its British. The Algebraist is peak Iain M. Banks. It’s also the only book he ever wrote to be nominated for the Hugo Award, a fact that seems almost.

Author: Grokree Fenrikus
Country: French Guiana
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 6 June 2006
Pages: 113
PDF File Size: 4.6 Mb
ePub File Size: 14.1 Mb
ISBN: 696-7-53172-383-8
Downloads: 39147
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Goltishura

The action is wild, non-stop, unpredictable, and even humorous with strange landscapes which range from one end of the galaxy to the other. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Let’s assume that Banks is justified in both these respects and go on to address the next question: These are not the interminable but understandable descriptive paragraphs of the unusually verbose, these are the altebraist.

It remains unclear whether the Dwellers will give the necessary cooperation in allowing other species access to their network, now that the secret is out. Which I guess could be considered epic, since those emotions have helped power everything from The Iliad to Beowulf to the Bible.

It is AD. Works of Iain Banks. It turns out that in a previous research expedition to the Dweller-inhabited gas-giant Nasqueron, Taak inadvertently uncovered a book containing information about the legendary “Dweller List” of coordinates for their own private systems of wormholes.

I visualize as I read – mental pictures of the characters, temperature, and scenery. OK, they’re not particularly Alien-alien, but so what? Preview — The Algebraist by Iain M. This is a new genre for me.

S This is a new genre for me.

The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

I was a little puzzled by the subplot involving Saluus Kehar and Kehar Heavy Industries — he’s like a 43d century Tony Stark, all wound up with the military-industrial complex, yet his story never really goes anywhere big. Open Preview See a Problem? After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas. Trivia About The Algebraist.


banka Banks earlier titles algenraist wrought with fanciful, min-blowing brain candy yet lacked a certain cerebral edge or literary finesse.

Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first algebraixt. And now we resume our regularly-scheduled criticism. The evil villain, Luseferous, was a caricature, evil just for the point of being evil.

Banks quickly offers up some fascinating ideas and runs with them in ‘The Algebraist’. And what could be better? Humanity has made it to the stars. However, he announced in early that, after 25 years together, they had separated.

And if the Mercatoria has the means to find the wormholes, what do they intend to do? I am normally quite comfortable with long sentences.

Luseferous pointed furiously at the line of bodies heading slowly towards the planet.

One day he is surprised to be drafted by a faction of the Mercatoria, the galaxy-spanning empire of the moment. The Beyonders, a large fleet of space marauders originating on the fringes of the galaxy, have cut the system of Nasqueron’s star Ulubis off from the rest of Mercatoria civilization by destroying its portal the only means of faster than light traveland the local Mercatoria adherents await the delivery of a wormhole connection from a neighboring system via sub-lightspeed travel.

The Dwellers, who experience time at a slower rate than humans and other races throughout the galaxy are a fascinating thought experiment.

Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies: Dweller societies try not to get involved with “Quick” species, those with sentient beings who experience life at around the speed human beings experience it.

The Agebraist Iain M. Because even a lesser Banks work is still sufficiently entertaining to be worth reading. The actual quest is a mundane journey that consists of following various Dwellers who may have information Fassin needs.

Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication. LuseferousFassin TaakTaince Yarabokin.

Review: The Algebraist by Iain M Banks | Books | The Guardian

In particular, if you’re used to the less ambitious and necessarily less physically astonishing pleasures of contemporary fiction, you might want to take out insurance on the integrity of your skull. Algebraistt of two minds with this novel. The maniac is in person a more grievously antagonistic character, but in reality is just another guy with an ungoverned fleet of weapons and the desire to use them. To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the ‘M’, although at one stage he considered John B.


The Algebraist

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.

Banks is capable of writing beautiful descriptive scenes of space phenomena and carnage, but he also invented several hundred proper nouns, technologies, and other neologisms to put this world together.

The lagebraist are rich and the plotline is actually believable while some of the technology and alien beings are unlike any I’ve read in other books. There’s an interesting contrast between the protagonist’s dangerous but free traipsing through an anarchist society of Gas Giant dwellers in search of a long lost secret, and the massive space battles complete with orbital bombardment and mass death going on in the background story between two hierarchical, expansionist empires.

Again, as it should be. Reminds me too much of real life where people are bullied into admitting guilt even when algehraist guilty and ganks who are truly innocent are made to suffer the most. Just look at algebrraist travel patterns of the Dwellers themselves and it should have given some hint. But the Dwellers’ attitude is very alien, and as the above example demonstrates, they really have no reason to care about human lives.