Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in
Published: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0356502090
ISBN - 13: 9780356502090
From the Publisher
The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more
were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced
destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans
fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist.
Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.
Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a
fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed
to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans
sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley
crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to
find it, and with it their own destruction.
USE OF WEAPONS
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
The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and
pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their
dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.
The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It
had once saved the woman''s life by massacring her attackers in a
particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out
case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors
in his past.
THE PLAYER OF GAMES
The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up
many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau
Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer
Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and
incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game ... a game so
complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.
Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and
with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.
About the Author
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain lives in Fife, Scotland.
I have returned repeatedly to the early Culture novels,
particularly Consider Phlebas and The Player of
Games. This is a major sequence for anyone who cares about