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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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