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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  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

I love the names of the ships. Honest Mistake Not Invented Here Attitude Adjuster (war ship of course) Better Safe than Sorry Shoot Them Later Reasonable Excuse Serious Callers Only AhForget It Tendency Just Passing Through. I Blame My Mother. I Blame Your Mother. Read full review

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User Review  - DanTarlin - LibraryThing

Iain Banks generally writes sci fi that is difficult to penetrate- plots are complex, things aren't well spelled-out. Generally there's a good payoff, though, if you stick with it. Excession was hard ... 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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