Ex­ces­sion Iain M Banks, 1996

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When Iain Banks re­vealed him­self as Iain M Banks, un­apolo­getic SF nov­el­ist, it was gen­uinely shock­ing. That genre nov­els are to­day treated more se­ri­ously out­side the SF com­mu­nity has much to do with Banks’ Cul­ture nov­els, set on the edges of a utopian civil­i­sa­tion made up of post- hu­mans and Minds, su­per- pow­er­ful AIs. Ex­ces­sion is one of his best, a fear­less novel of ideas that takes a generic space opera plot, the ap­pear­ance of a mys­te­ri­ous alien arte­fact, and twists it into some­thing rich and strange.

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