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The novels of Iain M. Banks have forever changed the face of modern science fiction. His Culture books combine breathtaking imagination with exceptional storytelling, and have secured his reputation as one of the most extraordinary and influential writers in the genre.
‘Banks is a phenomenon’ William Gibson
The man known as Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances’ foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action.
Though the woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and aided his stratospheric rise, she did not know him as well as she thought.
The drone Skaffen-Amtiskaw thought it knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman’s life by massacring her attackers, and it believed the man to be a burnt-out wreck – but not even its superlative machine-intelligence could see the horrors in his past.
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
Look to Windward
The Hydrogen Sonata The State of the Art
Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background
Also now available: The Culture: The Drawings– an extraordinary collection of original illustrations faithfully reproduced from sketchbooks Banks kept in the 1970s and 80s,depicting the ships, habitats, geography, weapons and language of Banks’ Culture series of novels in incredible detail.
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