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Little, Brown Book Group, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction - 464 pages
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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.

'Banks is a phenomenon ... wildly successful, fearlessly creative' William Gibson

'Thrilling, affecting and comic ... probably the finest science fiction he has written to date' New Scientist

'Banks has rewritten the libretto for the whole space-opera genre' The Times

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Banks is word-drunk on his many abundantly hedonistic sci-fi worlds. But he has a lot more fun (as do his readers) mining the "first contact" plot than your typical _A Space Odessey_ Clarke type (not ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

This is book that is mostly about the ship minds of the cultures - humans do not play a large part of this book. It took me a few months to get through this book - it is dense, with a lot of ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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.

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