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Use of Weapons (Culture) (Paperback)

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Speculative fiction: Post-scarcity/anarchism/cultural imperialism… More well known to readers of ‘straight’ fiction as the author of the ‘Wasp Factory’, Banks is also well known for his interconnected sci-fi novels. Most of these novels are set against the backdrop of a civilization known as ‘The Culture’. Made up of many different species, the Culture travels, nomad like, on giant, sentient ships and represent the very model of a post-scarcity anarchist society. They want for nothing and can basically do whatever they want. Banks creates conflict by structuring these novels from the point of view of a protagonist who is outside of, or resisting the Culture for religious or political reasons. This allows Banks’ work to be not only a meditation on the economic theory of post-scarcity, but also on the inherent conflicts caused by cultural imperialism. All these novels are excellent and Banks is a master of juxtaposing the macro-scaled elements of the story with the real wit and pathos found on the micro-scale of the characters' lives.

— From Charles

Speculative fiction: Post-scarcity/anarchism/cultural imperialism… More well known to readers of ‘straight’ fiction as the author of the ‘Wasp Factory’, Banks is also well known for his interconnected sci-fi novels. Most of these novels are set against the backdrop of a civilization known as ‘The Culture’. Made up of many different species, the Culture travels, nomad like, on giant, sentient ships and represent the very model of a post-scarcity anarchist society. They want for nothing and can basically do whatever they want. Banks creates conflict by structuring these novels from the point of view of a protagonist who is outside of, or resisting the Culture for religious or political reasons. This allows Banks’ work to be not only a meditation on the economic theory of post-scarcity, but also on the inherent conflicts caused by cultural imperialism. All these novels are excellent and Banks is a master of juxtaposing the macro-scaled elements of the story with the real wit and pathos found on the micro-scale of the characters' lives.

— From Charles

Description


The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks and military action.

The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.

The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause. But not even its machine could see the horrors in his past.

Ferociously intelligent, both witty and horrific, USE OF WEAPONS is a masterpiece of science fiction.

About the Author


Iain Banks came to 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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316030571
ISBN-10: 0316030570
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: July 28th, 2008
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: Culture