528 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.75 in
February 9, 2016
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0316212377
ISBN - 13: 9780316212373
About the Book
Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, a Lieutenant Commander must complete one last mission: find the oldest person in the Culture, a man more than 9,000 years old, who holds the truth for the development of civilization.
From the Publisher
The New York Timesbestselling Culture novel...
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.
Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago.
It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.
About the Author
Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel,The Wasp Factory
, in 1984.Consider Phlebas
, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation. Iain M. Banks lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Find out more about Iain M. Banks atwww.iainbanks.net
"Incomparable entertainment, with fascinating and highly original characters, challenging ideas and extrapolations, and dazzling action...sheer delight."-Kirkus Reviews