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E Book Excession ATTENTION CULTURE SHOPPERSthis weekend s special is an Outside Context Problem this amazing special is so uniqu

E-Book Excession ATTENTION CULTURE SHOPPERSthis weekend's special is an Outside Context Problem! this amazing special is so unique, most shoppers will only encounter it once - in a millenium! please look for the infinity symbol tagged on our specially-marked OCP items.on aisle 1, back by popular demand, we are excited to present faction upon faction of Culture Minds, as embodied physically by their glorious Mind Ships!!! shoppers, we have read your suggestions and we respond! you will find very few examples of those sad, silly creatures known commonly as "Cultured humans" throughout our festive OCP sale weekend. and that's not all... we proudly announce the debut of two marvelous new Mind Ships! at the front of aisle 1, the lovely and amazing Sleeper Service - necro-artist and secret agent! and lurking in the rear, unlisted on any official Culture registry... the remarkableGrey Area - avenger of genocides, torturer of torturers! ignore his nickname "Meatfucker" at your very own and very personalized peril!on aisles 2 through 11, our hallmark OCP product The Excession continues to be available in ever-widening sizes and ever-changing formats. whether it be a black swan event, an unreadable black body sphere, a transport system for higher powers, or an ageless conundrum appearing since before the dawn of time, the Excession is tailor-made and custom-fit for thrilling contemplation of the infinite and - perhaps - cosmic oblivion!on aisle 12-A we are excited to feature an exciting, one-time only Super Special... Warships! buy one, get 80,000 free! literally!!we would also like to direct your attention to aisle 12-B... to our brand new line of society, The Affront! this bold new community brings a fresh and energetic perspective to many fronts: the gender war, the race war, the male-on-male war, and of course the timeless war between galaxies! you'll laugh at the barbaric shenanigans of this sociopathic "civilization" 'til your sides literally split open, entrails spilling and flying willy-nilly! BUY NOW - we guarantee you will soon find our special Affront products to be disappearing fast.___________________and now for the review: i liked it. the writing was especially witty in this one; the concepts were typically grandiose. sadly, a rather deflating ending. and a feeling of, i dunno... thinness, somehow? just not a whole lot to think about after putting this one down - a rare thing for one of my favorite authors. but i did love how this Culture novel was all about the fascinating Mind Ships and their various factions - so many of them, i had to write a list to keep track. i love the Culture Minds. besides, who needs humans anyway? wouldn't you rather read about Mind Ships?. Excession are Kindle The international sensation Iain M Banks offers readers a deeply imaginative, wittily satirical tale, proving once again that he is a talent to be reckoned with Locus In Excession , the Culture s espionage and dirty tricks section orders Diplomat Byr Gen Hofoen to steal the soul of a long dead starship captain By accepting the mission, Byr irrevocably plunges himThe international sensation Iain M Banks offers readers a deeply imaginative, wittily satirical tale, proving once again that he is a talent to be reckoned with Locus In Excession , the Culture s espionage and dirty tricks section orders Diplomat Byr Gen Hofoen to steal the soul of a long dead starship captain By accepting the mission, Byr irrevocably plunges himself into a conspiracy one that could either lead the universe into an age of peace or to the brink of annihilation.. Iain M Banks is a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1992 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.. The best Kindle Excession /1324089739734 SILLYINTRO 289534953457 MOREOFTHISTHANYOUNEED 826563495 ANOTHERRANDOMDIGITSEQUENCE 290735723 OHPLEASEGETTOTHEPOINT/- Hello? This is Kinda Disappointed, do you read me?- Hello Disappointed, this is Still Plenty of Good Bits. I'm another superintelligent AI entity...- Well of course you are, Bits! Let's skip the background and assume the reader knows all about the Culture universe. So, what did you think of "Excession"?- Um, not too bad, considering the obvious problems. I mean, how is a human going to describe beings a trillion times smarter than he is?- Maybe he shouldn't have tried?- Hello, I'm Too Many Subplots. Can I join in? - Hi Subplots! So what was your opinion? - I liked a lot of the story. But I think he should have split it up into two or three different books. If you're not a Mind, you'd probably find it a bit confusing.- Did the threads actually have that much to do with each other?- I'm not sure. I'll have to read it again. Give me an infinitesimal fraction of a second.- Well, I've already read it eight million times, and I still don't know.- Is this me talking, or you?- Oh hello, Cheap Shot, I was sure you'd turn up. What's new?- Um, I've just had an ineffable vision of the whole of Creation.- Cool! So what was it like?- Oh, I don't know. Ineffable. I guess I shouldn't say too much about it.- Fair enough. Well, talking of which, I have some important stuff to do that's completely incomprehensible to carbon-based lifeforms.- Me too!- Yes, we've already wasted nearly a microsecond on this conversation. So...- Wait, how's your permanantly pregnant human friend? She sounded kind of interesting.- Oh, she's not in this part of the story. Sorry.- Just thought I'd ask. OK, see you in the next jumbled plot fragment!- Bye!- Bye!

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    Iain M Banks is a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1992 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.

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  • 1324089739734 SILLYINTRO 289534953457 MOREOFTHISTHANYOUNEED 826563495 ANOTHERRANDOMDIGITSEQUENCE 290735723 OHPLEASEGETTOTHEPOINT Hello This is Kinda Disappointed, do you read me Hello Disappointed, this is Still Plenty of Good Bits I m another superintelligent AI entity Well of course you are, Bits Let s skip the background and assume the reader knows all about the Culture universe So, what did you think of Excession Um, not too bad, considering the obvious problems I mean, how is a human going [...]


  • ATTENTION CULTURE SHOPPERSthis weekend s special is an Outside Context Problem this amazing special is so unique, most shoppers will only encounter it once in a millenium please look for the infinity symbol tagged on our specially marked OCP items.on aisle 1, back by popular demand, we are excited to present faction upon faction of Culture Minds, as embodied physically by their glorious Mind Ships shoppers, we have read your suggestions and we respond you will find very few examples of those sad [...]


  • This happens to be exactly what I wanted when I wanted it I wanted intelligent galaxy spanning space opera with a handful of baseline humans getting caught up in an existential conundrum that the far superior AI Ships and Main Characters had to face.And we even get a BDO to spark an enormous intergalactic war Woo Woo Of course, the BDO big dumb object is nothing of the sort In fact, it might be smarter than all of them combined Who knows I loved the speculation.Life, love, sex, conspiracy, extre [...]


  • 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 leave that hyperbole out for now Certainly some entries in the series are popular than others, based on the average ratings and online discussions The Player of Games and Use of Weapons are generally held in high regard, Inversions and Matter less so As for Excession, it is one of the popular ones, top 4 I think, and I can see why The Culture [...]


  • Music something from Slowdive, like Souvlaki Space Station Like putting my feet back into the river, this felt like I had not taken any break from reading this series This one was fun to read, that can be said So, there s a mysterious ship that apparead many years before now it is back, and everybody seems to want to check it out, prod it, talk to it, see if there s anything new and benefitting in its secrets and even attempt to destroy it There s also a conspiracy going onThis novel concentrate [...]



  • tor blogs 2015 03 on iThe connection between literature and video games is one of my favorite topics I was thrilled to get to write for Tor about one of the best science fiction books I ve read, Excession by Iain M Banks, and its connection to Sid Meier s Civilization which, along with Romance of the Three Kingdoms, was one of the most addicting games of my life.____ If Use of Weapons was a psychological investigation into the world of the Culture, Excession is a philosophical excavation, featur [...]


  • Excession Too complex for meat based life forms to understandExcession is the fourth book in Iain M Banks CULTURE series I ll assume you already know the far future decadent post scarcity intergalactic empire of the Culture, dominated by its mostly benign AIs, known as Minds, and its trillions of citizens, some human and others exotic It s a great invention, a vast and limitless space for Banks to explore via the Culture s Contact and Special Circumstances divisions, especially the interactions [...]


  • Early on it felt like there were too many characters, too many plot threads, too many settings, and that Excession was too damn convoluted to be good Iain M Banks Excession was living up to the definition of its title Excession something excessive Excessively aggressive, excessively powerful, excessively expansionist whatever Such things turned up or were created now and again Encountering an example of was one of the risks you ran when you went a wandering It was a true slog to get into, but th [...]


  • I love these books, but if you don t, I understand The series uniqueness is both awesome and offputting the sort of stuff you wish people would write, but then you find excuses not to read Reading the Culture novels is rarely the funnest thing you could be doing but, when you re done, it can mean a whole paradigm shift steps toward permanently dismantling whatever version of reality is currently trolling your existence.


  • Finally, the Culture novel I ve been waiting to read since I started the series Everyone told me not to start with Excession, so I didn t and honestly that was pretty good advice I can see why people wouldn t enjoy this novel, and even though I think I would have liked it with no previous Culture experience, reading other books has given me a deeper appreciation for what is happening here.Excession reminds me of children s books where the main characters are all animals, and humans have very lit [...]


  • What sort of gift can you get for the Culture that has everything That is, how on Earth or, rather, off do you make Utopia interesting, when all society s ills have been resolved, and all misery is at worst optional That is the central conundrum with which Iain M Banks has been grappling in all of his Culture novels, and Excession is perhaps his most explicit examination of that question to date, even though it came out way back in 1996 An excession, in Banks parlance, is something that comes fr [...]


  • I gave up at about page 50.After being introduced to a woman character who had chosen to be pregnant for 40 years, and then an emissary for a nearby alien civilization where the all male representatives publicly brag about how many females they ve impregnated through rape, I was seriously put off.Every woman I ve ever met has been dying to be un pregnant by the 8th month A woman who chooses to be pregnant for 40 years No swollen ankles, no sore back, no heartburn, no weird skin issues Did Iain B [...]


  • Terry Pratchett once said that horses take longer to get up to full speed because they had legs to sort out Under those conditions, Excession has about a dozen damn legs, because this book takes half its length to feel like it s gaining any momentum.The cast of thousands approach doesn t really help By the time the narrative returned to some characters I had trouble remember who they were or what exactly they wanted And the ridiculous names of the machine minds, avatars, and drones didn t help [...]


  • First book of this spring s readathon It took me ages to read, but it s well worth it I think I ll take a little break now from the Culture not only do I want to ration it out a bit, but there s a sameness to the cleverness at the heart of these novels, so that reading three in quick succession makes me able to figure out the plot and I actually like feeling that Banks is smarter than me, so I ll give it a rest before my next oneAnyway, I don t know how to talk about Excession, really You spend [...]


  • Excession is Iain Banks clunkiest book so far It is certainly enjoyable as it introduces us to Infinite Fun, but it just had too many distractions and too many characters, with far too many of them Minds whose personalities and loyalties simply didn t make quite enough sense through 400 pages It might have helped if I had the full sized paperback, but I had the airport sized one and it just got tedious It could not have felt like a page turner otherwise.On the whole however, Excession is a very [...]


  • In this book a strange phenomenon is observed The story revolves around how the Culture and it s neighbors try to deal with this particular event Is it a weapon Is it a message from a vastly superior race or culture Is it a natural event Add onto that tragic love stories, sadistic aliens, and revenge and you get one densely written, fantastically entertaining story.This is quite possibly one of my all time favorite books The conversations between the sentient ships alone could sustain me The lan [...]


  • Taking a break from reading dry as dust books for journal review, I asked a friend for fiction recommendations and was given two of Iain M Banks Culture novels Look to Windward and this one, Excession.I d read two Culture novels and several short stories set in that far future context prior to this, beginning with Use of Weapons and The Algebraist I have found myself appreciating each one than the last, presumably as the result of coming to feel ever at home in the Culture This is not say that [...]


  • The problem with getting older and facing mortality is that you realize you won t be able to read all the books you want to I love the Culture books so much that I d love to reread them in the order written One of the reasons being a desire to track the Minds through the series, do any reappear The most appealing aspect of Excession is that it s pretty the Minds, with the humans and a new alien species on the sidelines, altho they are part of the plot I love the Minds The names they choose are s [...]


  • Really good input into the Culture world A little different mindset herewhile we do have a couple human points of view, most of the maneuvering, backstory and action in with some of the Ship AI mindsme of them so Elder and powerful they have become eccentric basically doing whatever they want is is a new perspective


  • After falling in love with Peter Kenny s performance in The Player of Games I knew I was going to read the entire Culture series in Audiobook form This has been a great decision up until Excession Banks is a great writer and Kenny is a great narrator so the failing is mostly on me but I really struggled to stay focused on this story for a variety of reasons This is the first Culture book that does not have a main point of view character, it is of an ensemble piece Granted we spent time with Ga [...]


  • 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 After having been burned by the likes of The Martians, I decided not to sully my opinion of the series so early on.The titular Excession is another name for what the Culture calls an Outside Context Problem OCP , which is an encounter with an alien civilization so much advanced than your own that you have no way of conceptualizing their technology within your culture s [...]



  • Another few months and another book in my complete re read of Iain M Banks s Culture series This time it s his novel Excession The story of what Banks refers to as an Outside Context Problem something unexpected something a civilisation can t, by definition, plan for something that will likely end up destroying them if they react incorrectly to it What Donald Rumsfeld would call an unknown unknown.It s a return to previous heights I think, as Banks gives us is a sort of Culture novel meets Arthu [...]


  • WOW I m still reeling from how good this book was This is the fourth Culture series novel I ve read skipping The State of the Art by the late Ian M Banks, and it surpassed the others in terms of content, writing style, and sheer imagination on a grand scale.Certain portions of this book are awe inspiring you ll know what I m talking about after reading Banks describes technologies and ideologies in his imagined future with a lucidity that amazes In particular, the first three pages of a chapter [...]


  • After struggling through Use of Weapons a few pages at a time, determined not to let it beat me, this book was a breath of fresh air I love SF and Banks is surely one of the best there has ever been, and even better, he is still actively writing I am trying to read through his collection of culture themed books roughly in their chronological order, meaning this is still one of his earlier works This book made me laugh out loud on many occasions in pure delight of the staggering and almost brutal [...]


  • Well, I now see that I jumped into the middle of the books about the Culture, never having read any others But that didn t detract from my enjoyment of Excession in the least.This post scarcity universe is dominated by the Culture, and the Culture is run by Minds, who are hyper intelligent AI entities, and seem to be most often found animating massive ships They look after whole swaths of the humanoid Culture as though they were ant farms, but ant farms where you knew everything about each ant, [...]


  • This is the 3rd book in the Culture series I ve read and once again, it didn t disappoint I will say that at times I had no idea what was going on, but even then it didn t seem to matter Basically the premise is that an unknown entity has been discovered somewhere in the known universe has done something with the ship that discovered it and set a course of action that might result in a full scale galactic war That s the big picture, but also on the smaller scale, and these events might also be i [...]


  • I have read all the novels of Iain M Banks and I read Excession first in the year it was published in paperback in 1997, and I have reread this book several times since.This is a Culture book, for those of you who may not be familiar with Iain M Banks, he created a great civilisation called The Culture And though he never set put to write a Trilogy or a series, the universe he created was so popular he returned to it again and again The full list counts ten titles Consider Phlebas, 1987 The Play [...]


  • This book is one of my favorite Culture books, because it dares to make the necessary jump, once the Culture was presented, that humans are mainly passengers that are here for the ride and AIs run the show Which is one of the subjects in this slightly complex book, actually and figuratively.I reread it recently, and I found the human aspect becomes less and less interesting when rereading, probably because it is less and less relevant to the whole picture, no matter what the humans think.Instead [...]


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