Author(s): Iain M. Banks

Sci-fi & Fantasy

The fifth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.
Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.
Now it is back.
Praise for the Culture series:
'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph
The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata
Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist


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Winner of British Science Fiction Association Award 1996.

'Gripping, touching and funny' TLS 'The story is vital and urgent and has a brilliantly subtle resolution ... wildly enjoyable' Interzone 'A dizzying adventure' Daily Mail 'Explosive but tender' Sunday Times

Iain 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 and his science fiction novels.

General Fields

  • : 9781857234572
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Sphere
  • : 0.33
  • : May 1997
  • : 197mm X 127mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 451