The Hydrogen Sonata: A Culture Novel

Awards:   Short-listed for John W Campbell Award 2013 Shortlisted for John W Campbell Award 2013.
Author:   Iain M. Banks
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
Edition:   Digital original
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9780356501512


Pages:   528
Publication Date:   04 October 2012
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The Hydrogen Sonata: A Culture Novel


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Awards

  • Short-listed for John W Campbell Award 2013
  • Shortlisted for John W Campbell Award 2013.

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The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, 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.

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Author:   Iain M. Banks
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint:   Orbit
Edition:   Digital original
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 4.00cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.690kg
ISBN:  

9780356501512


ISBN 10:   0356501515
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   04 October 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Replaced By:   9780356501499
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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This rich, sweeping panorama of heroism and folly celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Culture, Banks's far-future semi-utopian society.... The action tumbles along at a dizzying pace, bouncing among a fascinating array of characters and locales. It's easy to see why Banks's fertile, cheerfully nihilistic imagination and vivid prose have made the Culture space operas bestsellers and award favorites. -- Publishers Weekly


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Author Website:   www.iainbanks.net

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.

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Author Website:   www.iainbanks.net

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