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The Algebraist de Iain M. Banks
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The Algebraist (edició 2005)

de Iain M. Banks (Autor)

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The time is 4034 A.D. 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 the year as he searches for a secret that has remained hidden for half a billion years.
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Títol:The Algebraist
Autors:Iain M. Banks (Autor)
Informació:Orbit (2005), Edition: New Ed, 544 pages
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The Algebraist de Iain M. Banks

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Es mostren 1-5 de 92 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Typically awesome imagination, sometimes running away along meaningful detours and sometimes hitting a dead end that leaves you wondering if you've missed the whole point. Well worth reading, great story and characters, a weak ending but perhaps a follow up was in mind.. ( )
  tarsel | Sep 4, 2022 |
The Algebraist is a full-bore space opera with a galactic setting, plenty of exotic alien intelligences, interstellar warfare, political intrigue, espionage, melodrama, and a surprisingly generous helping of slapstick. It is divided into six chapters of about eighty pages each, but these are not component novellas. It's very much a single novel with a unified arc from start to finish.

The far future described here takes place long after the "Arteria Collapse" that broke up the wormhole-networked galactic community. The focus is on the particularly remote Urlubis system. This peripheral locale is still subject to the Mercatoria, which imposes its multiracial but highly authoritarian hierarchies across much of the galaxy, along with a crusade against autonomous AI.

Humans are both old and relatively new to galactic polity, since a-humans ("advanced" or abducted) had spread quite widely after being collected earlier by other starfaring races. R-humans ("remainder") from Earth did eventually join these "prepped" populations. The story's protagonist is a human "seer," part of a research institution dedicated to learning from a somewhat standoffish race of gas-giant planet "Dwellers" who are among the oldest and most widespread of interstellar sentients.

This freestanding novel was my first read in the works of Iain Banks, whose science fiction is most identified with his series The Culture. I liked it a great deal, and I will certainly wade into The Culture on the strength of this book.
2 vota paradoxosalpha | Apr 19, 2022 |
This is not a culture book. I liked it more than any of the culture books. ( )
  mgplavin | Oct 3, 2021 |
I rounded this UP to 4 stars because the ending is really very good and well written so you finish the book with satisfaction. The first half is very confusing - the time line of events is something you have to work out yourself from hints and bits and pieces scattered around. It's not the first time I read the book so I took a pen and paper and still had to make about 3 attempts before I got it straight. However it is worth keeping at it because once he has set the scene it's inventive and the plot keeps rolling. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
I am a big fan of Iain M. Banks but this wasn't one of his better books. It's sci-fi and generally similar to the Culture novels, but not one of the culture novels, and it was far too long and meandering for the value of the story. There's a great book in here, but it would require an editor cutting 50-75% to really make it so. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 92 (següent | mostra-les totes)
It is almost impossible to do justice to the breadth and scope, sheer entertainment value of The Algebraist, so . . ..

Read and enjoy!
 

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The time is 4034 A.D. 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 the year as he searches for a secret that has remained hidden for half a billion years.

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