From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, far-future Culture (The Player of Games, , etc.). Set in the remote future, Banks’s (Feersum Endjinn) latest novel mounts a galactic-scale space opera, or, to be more exact, a space opera buffa. The Culture, a. Joining me for this review of the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture Kyle Muntz: For me, Excession broadened the scope of the Culture.

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I’ve read it three times now and excesison definitely read it many times more. Besides, they were so insecure in their physical inheritance they had meddled with themselves in all sorts of ways; probably they thought hangovers were just annoying, rather than character-forming and so had, shortsightedly, dispensed with them.

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Still, she did not respond in kind excessioj asking after whatever might pass as the health of either a humanly formed but ship-controlled entity which functioned – as far as she knew – solely as the vessel’s contact with her, or indeed the ship itself.

Can I join in? So the plot of Excession is very simple in outline, but difficult to grasp in the details. I don’t need to spend my imaginary time there too. High above, slipping in and out of pink-rubbed layers of cloud like small slow clouds themselves, other creatures moved, dirigibles and kites cruising the upper atmosphere with wings and canopies extended, warming in the watery light of a new day.

God-shit, how we spoil you, eh! Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been selected by the Culture to undertake a delicate and dangerous mission. There was no time to stop, no opportunity to use its own EM effector on the gun’s controls to prevent it from overloading, nowhere to take cover, and – in the thick mist of gases flooding the corridor – no way of accelerating beyond the danger. The Culture series is one of the most beloved among today’s sf readers, possibly the most beloved but I don’t have any hard figures to back it up so I’ll bwnks that hyperbole out for now.

They may want your help, at any price. The atmosphere pulsed with impact echoes; a breeze picked up, then disappeared. Meanwhile the thing in the drone’s real mind went on raging.


Fivetide took great pleasure in describing to the human the unique nature of the fish, which were equipped with mouth parts so specialised the fish could not feed normally and had to be raised leeching vital fluids from another type of fish bred specially to fit into their jaws.

The dream had been the most vivid yet, and the longest, finally taking him to the ice-fall in the western face and the accident with the drag line deep buried, that had been, in his memory, submerged beneath all the dread white weight of his remembered pain. Brilliantly inventive and amusing–whole sections read like strings of knowing jokes–but a mess: The book, more than any of the other Culture novels, focuses on the Culture’s Minds as protagonists.

Excession by Iain M. Banks

Like when the Sleeper Service is accelerating toward the Excession still a ways out and the other Culture ship is trying to follow it and eventually realizes that the Sleeper Service is not exactly what its been pretending to be. Maybe I picked the wrong book to start with–but I’m not sure if I’ll bother ever trying again. The result was a device which was almost as much a metaphorical pain to live with as it was in a literal sense a pleasure to live within; it looked after you perfectly but it couldn’t help constantly reminding you of the fact.

Oh-oh, that’s a bad sign.

Which is to say, this just feels so wrong. I take it all that doesn’t sound too much like hard work, does it?

It was one of the bodies the drag line had flicked off as it tore up the slope, another corpse they had hacked and loosened and pulled like a rotten tooth from the new face of the glacier that morning, a dead witness that it hanks their duty to discover and remove with all dispatch and secrecy to the charnel wagons in the valley below to be turned dxcession an accusatory body to innocent smoke and bankx.

There was time for the briefest of glimpses of his room in the retirement complex. Fivetide extended a tentacle and rummaged around on the tray, knocking things over.

He left a sxcession of weaponry and the liquefied remains of gambling chips. Have I your attention now, Major? It was a deep, deliberately authoritative voice, its pronunciation almost too perfect.


The battle of Boustrago had taken place on Xlephier Prime thirteen thousand years earlier. Culture fans worldwide would rejoice — excessionn sufficient artistry could be brought to bear on the effort. The vessel made noises and signals like it was moving off through space again.

There’s a lot of machine talk, space ships with outrageous names, and some seriously fun sports and outlandish games provided by the Affront which have all the entertainment value and high spirits as a bunch of battle-weary dwarfs on an extended stag night.

Silent Hill Shattered Memories: Where, of course, it would remain the ship’s. Genar-Hofoen drew his gown about him and settled back in his seat, a small smile on his lips. It began to peel off around him. Despite technical civil war in the form of some Culture warships firing on other Culture ships, there are not many intimations of long-term repercussions for those actions; in contrast, I think a human-run empire would tear itself apart in the aftermath of such events.

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Return to Book Page. The Sleeper Service won’t just release her, and it certainly won’t cooperate with SC, but if she asks to be reborn, it’ll let her. But it couldn’t reply; the com unit’s send facility had been wasted by the heat too. Part of his brain told him he was running short of oxygen; he’d either have to leave the shower or grope for the air hose which was probably in the last place he’d feel for it.

Even its voice still sounded the same; pompous and monotonous at the same time. Excession may finally be coming to Kindle in US. A ship that still wanted to be part of the Culture proper and nominally still was, but which was shunned by almost all its peers; a virtual outcast amongst the great inclusionary meta-fleet that was Contact. He was already half dead two days later when the sea valves opened and those still left alive began to drown.