Surface Detail - Culture (Paperback)
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Published: 30/11/2023
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The novels of Iain M. Banks have forever changed the face of modern science fiction. His Culture books combine breathtaking imagination with exceptional storytelling, and have secured his reputation as one of the most extraordinary and influential writers in the genre.

'Banks is a phenomenon' William Gibson

The "War in Heaven", a simulated war game, rages between civilisations. Its virtual battles have been fought for decades, and the victors will decide the fate of the digital Hells - torturous artificial afterlives with horrors beyond imagination.

In the Sichultian Enablement, Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit.

As the virtual war threatens to spill into the Real, Y'breq is willing to risk everything for her freedom - but she'll need the Culture, and its help comes at a price. The Culture is going to war with death itself.

Praise for the Culture series:

'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday

'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian

'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman

'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph

The Culture series:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
Excession
Inversions
Look to Windward
Matter
Surface Detail
The Hydrogen Sonata

The State of the Art

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
The Algebraist

Also now available:
The Culture: The Drawings- an extraordinary collection of original illustrations faithfully reproduced from sketchbooks Banks kept in the 1970s and 80s, depicting the ships, habitats, geography, weapons and language of Banks' Culture series of novels in incredible detail.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356521718
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a perculiarly gnarly energy and elegance - William Gibson

There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness - THE TIMES

Poetic, humourous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more - NME

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“Fantastic - another Culture classic”

This is one of the best Culture novels so far. Could not put it down. From cover to cover a real delight.
Can't wait for the next one!

Paperback edition
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“A Culture of revenge.”

I have been reading Banks’ Science fiction for 15 years and I can whole-heartedly say that there isn’t an author writing today to whose books I look forward with such utter glee. “Surface Detail” is the latest in the... More

Paperback edition
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“Latest in the Culture series”

Fantastic sci fi adventure in Iain M Banks’ Culture series. No prior knowledge of the previous books is needed, but be prepared to be confused at first as this battle for the future of Hell rages between the virtual... More

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