The first ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction, this
volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the
Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of
Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works
by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the
collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated
fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain
Banks's staggering talent.