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The Algebraist Paperback – Jun 1 2006

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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (June 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597800449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597800440
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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Starred Review. 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 edition. In a galaxy teeming with intelligent life-forms and dominated by the intensely hierarchical society known as the Mercatoria, the Ulubis system has been cut off from the rest of civilization for over a century as its citizens impatiently await the arrival of a starship carrying an artificial wormhole to replace one destroyed in a previous war. Fassin Taak is a Slow Seer, an anthropologist who studies the Dwellers, the ancient, enigmatic species that inhabits gas giants throughout the galaxy, including Nasqueron in the Ulubis system. 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. Unfortunately, the monstrous ruler of a nearby star system has also learned of this discovery, as has the Mercatoria itself. Now two enormous battle fleets converge on Ulubis, and Fassin must undertake a quest deep into Nasqueron to uncover the Dwellers' secret. This is an enormously enjoyable book, full of wonderful aliens, a sense of wonder and subtle political commentary on current events.
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'Brilliant; a hugely enjoyable romp.' -- The Alien Online

'It positively boils with ideas and crackles with creative energy...The Algebraist opens a window on the unknown and lets fresh air blow into the genre.' -- The Scotsman

'The master’s characteristic touches are present in great abundance.' -- The Independent

'[Banks] has the skill to paint in words the most breathtaking portraits...a return to the happy hunting grounds of Banks's early SF.' -- The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fassin Taak is a Seer but he is a young Seer and to him it's all about the exploration and the physical experience of directly meeting with and conversing with the Dwellers. His elders are more comfortable just communing remotely

The Dwellers are an ancient race that populate gas giant planets which are basically an iron core surrounded by a lot of hot toxic gases. Doesn't sound like much fun, but with the Dwellers having been in the galaxy, and rumoured to be in all other galaxies, for billions of years and they know stuff.

In fact due to their longevity they have time to explore and obtain very very valuable information.

In the case of Fassin he unwittingly uncovered an obscure reference to a mythological item called the Dwellers List. The Dwellers List is rumoured to contain a list of the locations of an inter galactic wormhole network that can transport you anywhere within the network of wormholes at near light speed. This wormhole system is on top of the existing small worm hole system in use

What a boon this would be for exploration. Unfortunately it would also be a boon for war. And besides it's only a rumour, right ?

Seer Fassin Taak is charged with the task of finding the list. Unfortunately no one knows where it may be and the Dwellers for all the data they have collected over billions of years are eclectic to say the least in the handling of that information tending to just deposit it in random order in files etc.

Just to add to Fasin's task a powerfull military presence has found out about the list and has sent a fleet to conquer Fassin's world and force him to hand over the list.

What follows is the story of Fassin's search for the list, if it exists, and the war bretween Fassins world and the invading fleet.
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I picked up this book on a whim for something to read on the train and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the author's fiction. For me there's nothing like 'unending depth' to make a story worth reading. The book is less Potter and more Tolkien in terms of vast epic feel, exactly how a galaxy-spanning novel should be. Cheers
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Although the prose is not the best I've ever read, the story itself is phenomenal, and it is well, well worth the read. One of my favourite stories ever.
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An other great Culture universe novel. What is great with this series is that you can start anywhere, all the books are not related, but are rather place in the same Universe but one a different time scale and space. Very touching, human novels with mind bugling complex political, philosophical and social thinking. You like SF, try M. banks, you'll love it!
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Although I'm only a little more than halfway through Iain M. Banks latest ( I'm going intentionally slow enjoying every sentence ), it's clear " The Algebraist " is as exciting and well wrought as any of his earlier SF.
Highly recommended.
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