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 - 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing
This is one of Banks' ‘Culture' novels, set in his far-future universe of sentient ships and interstellar civilizations. It's just about as opposite to his book "Inversions" where there is barely a ... Read full review