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Iain M. Banks - The Hydrogen Sonata (2nd Hand Hardback)

SKU B002079

A Culture Novel. Culture #10.

The last novel before Iain Banks' death.

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilisation.

An ancient people, organised 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 civilisations: 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 civilisation are likely to prove its most perilous.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Fiction - Science Fiction
  • Published : 2012 (Orbit - 1st Edition, 3rd Reprint)
  • ISBN : 9780356501505
  • SKU : B002079
  • PPC : SP600gm
  • RRP : £20 (Unclipped)
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"The Hydrogen Sonata is Banks at his finest. It has Culture minds high on galactic politics and their own superiority over biological intelligence, a little bit of violence, a little bit of gross, and a large dose of snark and sarcasm . . ."

"The last work of this great master, dealing with life, death, afterlife and the sense of art and its use as an expression of cultural identity. How might not only individuals but whole states or intergalactic empires deal with death, when there is an afterlife, another dimension, alternative universes with other timelines, etc., available? Ignore it, fight it or be openminded and interested in it, it all depends on the ideological base." - Goodreads Reviews.

The Author

Iain Banks was a Scottish author, writing mainstream fiction as Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, adding the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies. After the success of The Wasp Factory, he began to write full time.

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