Excession

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 ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

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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


Excession

Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been selected by the Culture to undertake a delicate and dangerous mission.

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Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been selected by the Culture to undertake a delicate and dangerous mission. He is to investigate a 2,500-year-old mystery: the sudden disappearance of a star fifty times older than the universe itself. There is only one way to solve the problem. He has to steal the soul of the long-dead starship captain who first encountered the star, and convince her to be reborn. What he discovers could lead the universe into an age of peace, or to the brink of annihilation.


Novels by Iain M Banks

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 47. Chapters: The Culture, Consider Phlebas, Excession, Idiran-Culture War, Orbital, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons, The State of the Art, Look to Windward, Diziet Sma, Inversions, Feersum Endjinn, Against a Dark Background, Culture series, List of species, List of ships, Ship types, Mind, Special Circumstances, Matter, Surface Detail, GSV Sleeper Service, The Algebraist, The Sublimed, Bora Horza Gobuchul, GCU Grey Area, Contact, GSV Bora Horza Gobuchul, Perosteck Balveda. Excerpt: The Culture is a fictional interstellar anarchic, socialist, and utopian society created by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks which features in a number of science fiction novels and works of short fiction by him. The Culture is characterized by being a post-scarcity society (meaning that its advanced technologies provide practically limitless material wealth and comforts for everyone for free, having all but abolished the concept of possessions), by having overcome almost all physical constraints on life (including disease and death) and by being an almost totally egalitarian, stable society without the use of any form of force or compulsion, except where necessary to protect others. Minds, powerful artificial intelligences, have an important role to play in this society. They administer this affluence for the benefit of all. As one commentator has said, The novels of the Culture cycle, therefore, mostly deal with people at the fringes of the Culture: diplomats, spies, or mercenaries; those who interact with other civilizations, and who do the Culture's dirty work in moving those societies closer to the Culture ideal, sometimes by force. In this fictional universe, the Culture exists concurrently with human society on Earth. The time frame for the published Culture stories is from roughly AD 1300 to AD 2800, ..

The Culture

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 44. Chapters: Consider Phlebas, Excession, Idiran-Culture War, Orbital, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons, The State of the Art, Look to Windward, Diziet Sma, Inversions, Culture series, List of species, List of ships, Ship types, Mind, Special Circumstances, Matter, Surface Detail, GSV Sleeper Service, The Sublimed, Bora Horza Gobuchul, GCU Grey Area, Contact, GSV Bora Horza Gobuchul, Perosteck Balveda. Excerpt: The Culture is a fictional interstellar anarchic, socialist, and utopian society created by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks which features in a number of science fiction novels and works of short fiction by him, collectively called the Culture series. The Culture is characterized by being a post-scarcity society (meaning that its advanced technologies provide practically limitless material wealth and comforts for everyone for free, having all but abolished the concept of possessions), by having overcome almost all physical constraints on life (including disease and death) and by being an almost totally egalitarian, stable society without the use of any form of force or compulsion, except where necessary to protect others. Minds, powerful artificial intelligences, have an important role to play in this society. They administer this affluence for the benefit of all. As one commentator has said, The novels of the Culture cycle, therefore, mostly deal with people at the fringes of the Culture: diplomats, spies, or mercenaries; those who interact with other civilizations, and who do the Culture's dirty work in moving those societies closer to the Culture ideal, sometimes by force. In this fictional universe, the Culture exists concurrently with human society on Earth. The time frame for the published Culture stories is from roughly AD 1300 to AD 2800, with Earth being contacted around AD 2100, though the Culture had...


Quid

( Words from lain M . Banks Excession , my syntax ] Art ' s excession ? Even more
suggestive than the neologism ' s almost but not quite oxymoronic blend of
destructive erasure with a coming forth that produces an inside far beyond what
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Urban Storm Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflow Pollution Sacramento California

Values selected for the minimum BOD requirements were a maximum value of 11
mg / l , a cumulative distribution of greater than 6 mg / 1 less than 12 hr / yr , and
an excession frequency of greater than 6 mg / l not more than twice each year .

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Necessary data are not available in most areas to determine or predict distributions of storm water runoff and combined sewage flows and pollutant concentrations. To alleviate this problem, a procedure was developed to permit rapid, economical, and accurate assessments of system performance based on 3 different and important water quality criteria. The first criterion establishes an absolute maximum pollutant concentration which cannot be exceeded. The second criterion establishes an acceptable distribution of pollutant concentration by specifying the greatest frequency of occurrence for a particular concentration value. The third criterion establishes the maximum acceptable excession frequency for a particular pollutant frequency. A computer model was then used with a modified rational runoff method to perform preliminary design tasks and weigh alternatives to the designs. Then the least costly system developed for the Sacramento, California area as an example.

New Scientist

Of mayflies and Minds Paul Kincaid reviews Excession by lain M . Banks D .
Harris / Special Photographers Library Sir Roger Penrose Rouse Ball Professor
of Mathematics , Oxford. Designer death It is hard to read Tomorrow ' s War by
David ...

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Modern British Literature A G

Culture is , according to Brian Eno , everything we don ' t have to do ( but do
anyway ) , and where we live our shared mental lives . And — in lain M Banks '
on - again - off - again series of subversive space - operas , of which Excession is
the ...

Author: Laurie Di Mauro

Publisher: Saint James Press

ISBN: 9781558624191

Category: English literature

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Novels by Iain Banks

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 23. Chapters: Novels by Iain M. Banks, The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Consider Phlebas, Excession, The Player of Games, Espedair Street, Use of Weapons, Whit, Look to Windward, Inversions, Dead Air, Feersum Endjinn, Against a Dark Background, Matter, The Bridge, Surface Detail, The Algebraist, Transition, Complicity, The Business, Walking on Glass, A Song of Stone, The Steep Approach to Garbadale, Canal Dreams. Excerpt: Inversions is a science fiction novel by Scottish writer Iain M. Banks, first published in 1998. It is implied to be set in his Culture universe. However, this is not made explicit within the book, and unlike most other recent editions of Banks' science fiction novels, does not carry the tag 'A Culture Novel' on the cover. Banks has said "Inversions was an attempt to write a Culture novel that wasn't." The book takes place on a fictional planet based on late-Middle Ages Europe. It alternates chapter-by-chapter between two concurrent storylines. The first storyline is presented as a written account from Oelph, publicly a doctor's assistant, but privately a spy for an individual identified only as "Master," to whom much of the account is addressed. Oelph is the assistant to Vosill, the personal doctor to King Quience of Haspidus and a woman. The latter is unheard of in the patriarchal kingdom, and is tolerated only because Vosill claims citizenship in the far-off country of Drezen. The King himself is appreciative of her and her talents, but nonetheless her elevated position in defiance of the kingdom's social mores inspires hostility among others of the court. Oelph's account follows Vosill as she attends to the King regularly, as well as more charitable ministrations to the impoverished and those in need. Her methods are unconventional by kingdom standards, for example...

The Believer

BOOKS BOUGHT : * Little Scarlet — Walter Mosley * Out of the Silent Planet - C .
S. Lewis * Voyage to Venus — C . S. Lewis * Maxton — Gordon Brown * * Nelson
And His Captains — Ludovic Kennedy * Excession - lain M. Banks * Don't ...

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The Middle Voice of Ecological Conscience

It is an excession beyond beings , but not an excession beyond being , whatever
at a later stage of his thinking , for example in ' Time and Being ' , may call to be
said about es gibt , Ereignis , and the torn edge between being and beings 74 ...

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Nebula Awards 32

... of bosoms , which Hamilton really ought to do something about , and despite
outbursts of “ spumescent gore ” which spill right over the top . A different eruption
into our universe from another dimension comes in Iain M. Banks's Excession ...

Author: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780156005524

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Presents the winning stories for best science fiction and fantasy of 1996, featuring works by Harry Turtledove, Dean Wesley Smith, Esther M. Friesner, and Nicola Griffith

Nebula Awards 32

... which Hamilton really ought to do something about , and despite outbursts of “
spumescent gore ” which spill right over the top . A different eruption into our
universe from another dimension comes in Iain M. Banks's Excession . As in
Banks's ...

Author: Jack Dann

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"Nebula Awards 32" is an outstanding addition to the popular series "Locus" calls "the closest thing SF has to a literary yearbook". The coveted Nebula Awards are the only science fiction awards bestowed annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' own demanding peers. Here are their choices for the best SF of the year.

Foundation

26 In contrast Excession was a triumphant return to the gloriously " widescreen "
space opera of the earlier Culture novels and a novel in which character was not
subservient to action and set - piece scenes . It tells the stories of three ultimately
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A Practical Treatise on the Medical Surgical and Hygienic Treatment of Catarrhal Diseases of the Nose Throat and Ears

You can say this truthfully , for the excession of a tonsil is not nearly so painful an
operation as cutting the same extent of healthy tissue , the tonsil being nearly all
cicatricial structure , is in a more or less anæsthetic condition . I have very ...

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New Statesman

AMANDA HOPKINSON The earth moves again - off - again series of subversive
space - operas , of which Excession is the lat - est – “ The Culture ” is the only
sciencefiction environment in which any socialist of pronounced hedonist ...

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