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. Silent, motionless, and resisting all efforts to make contact, the artifact waits. The Culture ships, however, cannot. for the artifact is something they need to understand first, before it falls into less understanfing hands - and triggers a political and military crisis which will threaten everything the Culture has achieved. One person who saw the artifact when it first appeared may have information concerning its purpose, but she is living out her death in the immense Eccentric ship, the Sleeper Service. The culture ships formulate a plan to retrieve her. The Sleeper Service has other things on its mind. A novel of extraordinary imagination, richness and energy, Excession is Iain Banks at his magnificent best.
Iain M. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim and in 1993 he was acknowledged as one of the Best of Young British Writers. Iain Banks lives in Fife, Scotland.
First edition in very good condition. some minor creasing to edges and folds of dust cover and to top and bottom of spine and top corners of hard cover. Some yellowing and minor scratches to edges of pages but otherwise pages look unread.