The Algebraist by Iain M. BanksThe Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

The Algebraist

byIain M. Banks

Paperback | July 4, 2005

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It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year.

The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars.

Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of - part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony - Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer - a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known.

As complex, turbulent, flamboyant and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, the new science fiction novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.
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.
Title:The AlgebraistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.85 × 5.05 × 1.25 inPublished:July 4, 2005Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841492299

ISBN - 13:9781841492292

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Disappoints The latest Sci-Fi by Banks is a dense, brain boggling oeuvre. Some of the vocabulary has already been seen in Peter F. Hamilton or Lois McMaster Bujold, to name a few - but Banks invents so much more. His technology concerning space flight and gaz giants is thrilling. The characters he introduces, be they human/alien species, as well as planets and sentients across galaxies, all get satisfactorily developed and they always come together in the end as a complete skein forming the total, grand story. One feels like stretching out the last pages just to stay within the Banks universe, because both his heroes and vilains are interesting. There is drama, humour and just enough silliness to make them real.
Date published: 2006-08-20

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