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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Vastly superior power, in my case. OK, see you in the next jumbled plot fragment! Genar-Hofoen performed the mental equivalent of sighing and putting his chin in his hands while – thanks to the quicken now coursing through his central nervous system – everything around him seemed to happen in slow motion.

The image of Uncle Tishlin bore a distant expression for a moment, then said, ‘Apparently that’s part of the beauty of it; just because the Sleeper Service is another oddball doesn’t mean that it’s any more likely than any other GSV to have the Grey Area aboard; the GCU will have to lie off, and that’ll make this Mimage-stealing trick easier. I hadn’t It makes me feel better that a lot of people who read the paper book also struggled to follow everything going one.

Banks describes technologies and ideologies in his imagined future with a lucidity that amazes. Genar-Hofoen has a nice problem to solve.

Genar-Hofoen was silent for a moment. In terms of offensive capability the pistols exccession a sort of minimum level of excessiln for Genar-Hofoen; without them no Affronter could possibly allow themselves to be seen taking so puny an outworlder seriously.

Excession (Culture, #5) by Iain M. Banks

I guess I shouldn’t say too much about it. This is the basic plot arc, although there are probably too many sub-plots hanging off it. It really was alone.

Then he remembered that the module wasn’t talking to him right now because he’d told the suit to accept no more communications last night. What we have is a straight forward adventure Genar-Hofoen who lives with the Affront and aggressive expanding civilisation and their bid to claim a space artifact called the Excession.


Within, a century, almost all of those humans ecxession opted for immortality were also dead, due to further “semi-contradictory” Unusual Life Choices. I enjoyed the stories of the ships basically animate beings in their own righteven their names are interesting and fun e.

The titular Excession is another name for what the Culture calls an Outside Context Problem OCPwhich is an encounter with an alien civilization so much more advanced than your own that you have no way of conceptualizing their technology within your cul I skipped The State of the Art to read this fifth book in the Culture series, since the former is a collection of short stories. Too often it felt like homework. Meanwhile, on Phage Rock, Ulver Seich – a famed scholastic overachiever at barely twenty-two years of age – spends her time breaking young hearts through her irresistible lusciousness, waiting for the day that will bring to its fulfillment her greatest dream: One such, a ship named Grey Area, spends most of its time using its effector fields to read the minds of humanoids and punishing or rewarding them based its judgment a practice which is almost unspeakably taboo within the Culture.

Obviously such irresponsibility had to be punished by the module being childish. Genar-Hofoen asked with a laugh in his thought, as the blue-collared scratchound writhed hopelessly in the other beast’s jaws and Fivetide started to turn to him.

The light was blinding white and the cold, thin air rasped the back of his throat. Did he ever remotely consider for five seconds asking them about this scenario? The image made a throat-clearing noise and went on: Chattering spaceships with splendid if confusing names e.


Banks himself has described the actions of some of the Minds in the novel as akin to “barbarian kings presented with the promise of gold in the hills. A series of sharp impacts registered through the companionway shell walls with resonations in the craft’s secondary and primary structure. From that point…’ It shrugged. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Again, it’s hard to say. The things we saw each day, the scenes we witnessed, the pain and terror; these things could not help but affect us.


To fully appreciate the beauty of the weapon was to admit to a kind of shortsightedness close to blindness, to confess to a sort of stupidity. This novel concentrates on the ships, with names like “Honest Mistake”, “Killing Time”, “Not Invented Here”, “Sleeper Service” and “Grey Area” which is also known as “Meatfucker” for its tendency to sometimes mess with creatures’ heads.

Aug 13, Andrea McDowell rated it did not like it Shelves: The two heavy micro rifles clattered to the absorber mat just outside the airlock door and the cloak fell just beyond them. Banks was last modified: The heat making its way through the drone’s body dissipated slowly, leaving it alive but still crippled and incapable of movement or action.

It knew the person in the suit well; he had been on the ship for five years. 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 on to the next redoubt across the shallow valley beyond.

Did you guys have a favorite? He died the following June.

Excession by Iain Bankz. By this measure the love, or just the appreciation, of weapons was a kind of tragedy. Genar-Hofoen was mildly impressed. See all 6 questions about Excession…. Plus the humans and the alien species all had severe character flaws.