It is 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. Banks (Look to Windward) pulls out all the stops in this gloriously over-the-top, state-of-the-art space opera, a Hugo nominee in its British. The Algebraist is peak Iain M. Banks. It’s also the only book he ever wrote to be nominated for the Hugo Award, a fact that seems almost.

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There’s an interesting contrast between the protagonist’s dangerous but free t Probably my least favorite of Iain Banks’ scifi novels. He’s intelligent, ruthless, and sadistic. Humanity has made it to the stars.

Banks bnks the majority of this book and that is a lot of book right there keeping coy about whether or not any such secret wormhole network exists. Uneven reactions to an uneven book.

Only the uninformed civilians and the cannon-fodder military are decimated. Much high-calibre espionage, imaginative intellectualising and mega-ordnance goes off in spectacular fashion during Fassin’s travails.

Aug 28, Kevin Kelsey rated it liked it Shelves: Nowhere is this more evident that in his SciFi, and the Algebraist flaunts his prodigious talents to the full. Banks’s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. I mean, every page—sometimes every paragraph on every page—of The Algebraist throws in the names of new planets, principalities and vast empires; lost races and common aliens of endlessly inventive forms, habitats and abilities; unheard-of technologies, world-sized starships and robots smaller than grains of sand, automated castles, weapons of both mass and intimate destruction Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.

The occasionally eruptions of profanity and sex were bizarre discontinuities.

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A Mercatoria counter-attack fleet hurries to defend Ulubis against the Starveling Cult ships and their Beyonder allies. A Slow Seer whose expertise is in communicating with the Dwellers—a whimsical gas-giant native species whose individual members measure their lifespans in billions of years. But this single thread is poorly sewn in and can’t carry the weight of the whole algebriast by itself.


Colourfull and compelling characters inhabit and inhibit Fassin akgebraist his search and there is a war. In the system of Ulubis, Fassin Taak is a Slow Seer, a human who has been trained to speak to bsnks Dwellers, a nearly immortal race of beings that live in the gas giants throughout the galaxy. These Dwellers are a wonderful invention, they are partly a satire of certain type of people who have been around too long to bother with the unwashed masses.

The genre has distinctive aims and capabilities that are unavailable to its near future counterpart. Definitely re-readable, I felt there was much I missed and would have enjoyed.

Suddenly a host of different groups is converging on Nasqueron, seeking to grab this list first, including the Archimandrite Luseferous of the Starveling Cult, a larger-than-life villain who revels algfbraist cruelty and will stop at nothing to seize power. The novel really is packed with fun items to think about. As a method of taking control of the universe, it i Alvebraist review is rife with spoilers.

The invasion’s mastermind, Archmandrite Luseferous, also begins the book as a credible threat. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

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That alone is enough to make the book worth reading. The Dwellers respond with devastating blows on his fleet. And the Voehn knew who they were? This wormhole system is on top of the existing small worm hole system in use What a boon this would be for exploration.

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In any case the Dwellers are the latest addition to my list of favorite fictional aliens not that I have a list of non-fictional ones Algebraish concept I really like is the different types of human, aHuman and rHuman advanced and remainder Humanthe aHuman were kidnapped thousands of years ago from a “pre-civilised” human race and sort of uplifted and cultivated to create a separate strain of human to keep the original humans rHuman from becoming too uppity when the latter has achieved interstellar travel.


The author takes an action-packed wartime space drama and makes it more complicated with a writing style in which he starts chapters with dialog without telling you who is speaking until half a page later. I grew tired of science fiction in the ‘s and didn’t really return to the genre with any enthusiasm until the late ‘s. Soon, Fassin Taak finds that his ability to speak to the Dwellers has unleashed a series of events that threatens to overturn galactic civilization.

All of Luseferous’ deep-dyed villainy was thwarted in the blink of an eye. To view it, click algebraust. Long before that happens, however, my patience evaporated. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system bank its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. The main reveal is so obvious and telegraphed thar I found myself groaning when it Let me start by saying Banks is a master author.

The Dweller List is only a list of star systems. Fassin’s research contains clues to the existence of a secret wormhole network, one operated by the Dwellers and free from the repressive control of the Mercatoria.

Well, that’s the thing that ties all of these elements together. It remains unclear whether the Dwellers will give the necessary cooperation in allowing other species access to their network, now that the secret is out. The rights of the one against anyone else, freedom and justice in a galaxy that maybe advanced but is still beset with conflict and tyranny. The Dwellers, an advanced and ancient civilisation of non-humanoids who inhabit gas giantslead an almost anarchic existence based on kudos, and inhabit the majority of gas-giant planets in the galaxy.

Banks as a primal influence.