The Culture Series (8 eBooks) - Iain M Banks
Publisher: Orbit,ect. | English | Genre: Science Fiction | 8 PDF | 4.92 MbISBN-10 numbers: 031600538X; 0316005401; 1597800740; 0316030570; 0553575376; 1416583785; 145162168X; 031600537
Eight Books In The Culture Series.
Orbit | First Thus edition | March 26 2008 | English | ISBN-10: 031600538X | PDF | 302 pages
In the midst of a war between two galactic empires, a shapechanging agent of the Iridans undertakes a clandestine mission to a forbidden planet in search of an intelligent, fugitive machine whose actions could alter the course of the conflict. Banks ( Walking on Glass ) demonstrates a talent for suspense in a new wave sf novel that should appeal to fans of space adventure. For large sf collections.
The Player of Games
Orbit | March 26 2008 | English | ISBN-10: 0316005401 | PDF | 216 pages
The Culture's greatest game player travels to the Empire of Azad to participate in a complex competition that could settle the fates of two civilizations. Theauthor of Consider Phlebas vividlyportrays an empire ruled by arcane conventions and sophisticated brutality in an ambitious novel of gamesmanship and intrigue. Supple prose and subtle manipulations of plot produce a thought-provoking story which is highly recommended.
The State Of The Art
Night Shade Books | April 11 2007 | English | ISBN-10: 1597800740 | PDF | 108 pages
Short stories and the disturbing novella that provides the title for Banks's latest SF collection all date from 1984–1987. In short pieces like 'Road of Skulls' and 'Piece,' Banks turns convention upside down and inside out, with shocker-endings that linger like smoke rising from a crematorium. 'Odd Attachment' traces a marooned spaceman and his AI suit on a tortuous survival trek across an uninhabited planet, illustrating Banks's preoccupation with the 'self-generative belief system' that applies to both humans and AIs in the Culture, the setting for the title story and some of his SF novels.
Use of Weapons
Orbit | Reprint edition | July 28 2008 | English | ISBN-10: 0316030570 | PDF | 270 pages
Cheradenine is an ex-'special circumstance' agent who had been raised to eminence by a woman named Diziet. Skaffen-Amtskaw, the drone, had saved her life and it believes Cheradenine to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence can see the horrors in his past.|The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action.
Spectra | First Thus edition | February 2 1998 | English | ISBN-10: 0553575376 | PDF | 298 pages
It's not easy to disturb a mega-utopia as vast as the one Iain M. Banks has created in his popular Culture series, where life is devoted to fun and ultra-high-tech is de rigueur. But more than two millennia ago the appearance–and disappearance–of a star older than the universe caused quite a stir. Now the mystery is back, and the key to solving it lies in the mind of the person who witnessed the first disturbance 2,500 years ago.
Pocket | October 19 2007 | English | ISBN-10: 1416583785 | PDF | 225 pages
A doctor's devotion to her king and to her profession embroil her in a web of court intrigue and murder as she strives to preserve the health and well-being of the king she has come to love. On the other side of the world, a general's bodyguard risks his life to protect his master. Interweaving a pair of separate but linked tales of devotion and treachery set on a technologically backward world, Banks (The Player of Games) demonstrates his considerable talent for subtle storytelling.
Look to Windward
Pocket | Reprint edition | July 26 2010 | English | ISBN-10: 145162168X | PDF | 263 pages
When the 800-year-old light of a distant space battle reaches the Masaq'Orbital, an emissary from Chel arrives on a mission hidden even to himself. Only Ziller, a Chelgrian composer, can unlock a secret that could save or destroy an entire world. Banks (Consider Phlebas; Inversions) uses the far future as a playground for the interplay of ideas and images. First published in Great Britain, this literate and challenging tale by one of the genre's master storytellers belongs in most sf collections.
Orbit | Reprint edition | February 10 2009 | English | ISBN-10: 0316005371 | PDF | 348 pages
It has been eight years since the last Culture novel, and critics have clearly missed Banks’s unique combination of galactic wonder and quirky humor. Their anticipation made for high standards, and for most critics, Matter exceeded them. Many fans of this universe enjoyed the way Banks mixes space opera with royal intrigue, though a few felt he does not quite pull off this cultural collision with his usual finesse.
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