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The Algebraist Paperback – Jun 1 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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 masters 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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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.Read more ›