Author(s): Iain M. Banks
It was one of the less glorious incidents of the Idiran wars that led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those deaths has reached the Culture's Masaq' Orbital. A Chelgrian emissary is dispatched to the Culture.
'It's a gymnasium for the imagination' EVENING STANDARD, 'A mordant wit, a certain savagery and a wild imagination' MAIL ON SUNDAY, 'Spectacular ... the field needs his energy, skill and invention' THE SCOTSMAN, 'Banks' mind-expanding future history is unrivalled for imaginative sweep, startling ideas, and savage but wry sense of humour. One of the very best just got even better' STARBURST
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.