Exzession

Author: Iain Banks
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641163778
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Eine Reise an die Grenzen des Vorstellbaren In einem entlegenen Sektor des Weltraums taucht eines Tages ein rätselhaftes Artefakt auf – eine riesige schwarze Kugel, die sich allen Kontaktversuchen verweigert. Messungen ergeben, dass das Objekt tausend Milliarden Jahre alt sein muss, älter also als unser Universum. Doch wie ist das möglich? Und wer oder was steckt dahinter?

Excession

Author: Iain M. Banks
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780748110001
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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

Excession

Author: Frederic P. Miller
Publisher: Alphascript Publishing
ISBN: 6130726562
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Excession, first published in 1996, is Scottish writer Iain M. Banks' fourth science fiction novel to feature the Culture. It concerns the response of the Culture and other interstellar societies to an unprecedented alien artifact, the Excession of the title. The book is largely about the response of the Culture's Minds (AIs with enormous intellectual capabilities and distinctive personalities) to the Excession itself, and the way in which another society, whose systematic brutality horrifies the Culture, tries to use the Excession to increase its power. As in Banks' other Culture novels the main themes are the moral dilemmas which confront a hyperpower and how biological characters find ways to give their lives meaning in a post-scarcity society which is presided over by benign super-intelligent machines. The book features a large collection of Culture ship names, some of which give subtle clues about the roles these ships' Minds play in the story. In terms of style, the book is also notable for the way in which many important conversations between Minds resemble email messages complete with headers.

Excession

Author: Iain Banks
Publisher: LGF/Le Livre de Poche
ISBN: 2253072419
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Au plus profond de l'espace interstellaire, loin des volumes ordinairement fréquentés par la Culture, vient de surgir une Excession, objet extraordinaire qui semble défier toutes les lois connues de la physique, déborder la raison, et provenir d'un univers supérieur, transcendant. La Culture, cette société galactique, décentralisée, hédoniste, altruiste, cynique, anarchiste, prodigieusement riche et efficace - composée d'humains et autres intelligences biologiques, mais aussi et peut-être surtout d'Intelligences Artificielles - ne peut ignorer ce défi. D'autant qu'une espèce cruelle et belliqueuse, les Affronteurs, tente de profiter de la situation. Excession est le quatrième volet du cycle de la Culture dont les trois précédents, Une forme de guerre, L'Homme des jeux et L'Usage des armes ont été publiés dans la même collection.

The Culture Series Of Iain M Banks

Author: Simone Caroti
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476620404
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This critical history of Iain M. Banks' Culture novels covers the series from its inception in the 1970s to the The Hydrogen Sonata (2012), published less than a year before Banks' death. It considers Banks' origins as a writer, the development of his politics and ethics, his struggles to become a published author, his eventual success with The Wasp Factory (1984) and the publication of the first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas (1987). His 1994 essay "A Few Notes on the Culture" is included, along with a range of critical responses to the 10 Culture books he published in his lifetime and a discussion of the series' status as utopian literature. Banks was a complex man, both in his everyday life and on the page. This work aims at understanding the Culture series not only as a fundamental contribution to science fiction but also as a product of its creator's responses to the turbulent times he lived in.

Vor Einem Dunklen Hintergrund

Author: Iain Banks
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641163747
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Gnadenlose Jagd Sharrow war einst Anführerin einer schlagkräftigen Kampftruppe in einem kleinen Handelskrieg. Sie lebt auf dem Planeten Golter im Exil, wo ein Glasstrand noch von älteren Kämpfen zeugt. An diesem Strand bemerkt sie, dass sie von den Huhsz verfolgt wird, einer fanatischen religiösen Gruppe, die ihren Tod fordert. Vorerst bleibt ihr allein die Flucht. Aber sie macht sich auf die Suche nach einer der legendären, verfemten apokalyptischen Waffen der Vergangenheit: einer Lazy Gun. Ihre abenteuerliche Reise, die sie durch das ganze Golter-System führt, wird zu einem Wettlauf mit den Fundamentalisten, die gnadenlos Jagd auf sie machen und bereit sind, die Apokalypse zu entfesseln.