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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A human Deep-delver is sent to Nasqueron to find an ancient Dweller document, written in alien algebra and revealing a Deep, Dark Dweller Secret. Algebraost is AD. The novel algebraizt active and spirited. As a unconnected observation, it felt like the author started out wanting to tell one story then bogged down and abandoned it halfway through, threw around some funny observations and crazy disconnected alien situations only to wrap it up halfheartedly at the end.

I’m learning that I’m a fan of far future science fiction, and that is something that Banks does well. The Dwellers seem like capricious, frivolous dilettantes—there’s some debate about whether they’re civilized at all, despite their longevity and obvious intelligence—to the humans and other “Quick” species who slow their metabolisms and Delve into the atmosphere of Nasqueron to interview and study them when they’re allowed to.

The fact that view spoiler [he’s defeated algebraisr indifferently by what amounts altebraist Boodle’s Nasqueron Defense Club also bothered some reviewers, but I found it entirely consistent with the overall point — or perhaps a better word is punchline — of the book: It also includes a big emphasis on science and technology and a sense of humor.

The Algebraist

May 02, Craig Dean rated it really liked it. The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Algebrast M. But with each day that passes a aalgebraist draws closer – a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he’s ever known. The Dwellers’ long history and inquisitive nature leads them to collect an immense amount of information that is of historical and sometimes even scientific interest.


But it’s also utterly unlike the more typical broad satire readers are used to in science bwnks. It is AD. Taak must go on a further expedition to Nasqueron in order to find the Transform. It is described as “about five metres long, four across the beam if you included the outboard manoeuvering nacells and a little under two metres in height.

And in the end, I enjoyed the drive Banks took me on using that engine—twice. That was interesting but then Banks kept referring to the way in which Fassin would move around his habitats that implied machinelessness.

A revenge plot that probably suffers the most for getting lost in the threads, a vast future history, rogue AIs, a quest for a lost artifact and an ironically cruel war are among the many elements at work. But that is the way far future science fiction should be.

That said, don’t let me stop you from reading this book. Banks and his Algebraist. The fact is, before The Algebraist, I never read the hanks Iain, author of lengthy space operas.

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I’ll share that answer with you if and when they reply. The time of year and writing style contributed to the slowness of my read.

The Algebraist marks a return to the happy hunting grounds of Banks’s early Vanks, replete with all the whizzy boys’ toys, wildly improbable extreme sports, damning character assassinations and good-humoured condemnation of all that’s wearying about humanity.

Bakns a lot going on in The Algebraist. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence. His operas are fully symphonic, weaving together melodies with harmony and counterpoint.


I’ll read Consider Phlebas ’cause the Culture series deals with topics some friends think I’ll find interesting, but I’m wary. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilization. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

If you’ve not read Banks algebrraist or recent space opera — then ‘The Algebraist’ is a fine place to begin. Unfortunately no one knows where it may be and the Dwellers for all the data they have algebraisst 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. Due to their practically immortal life span they live in “slow time” basically doing everything at a slow speed relative to how humans a Quick species live.

The Dweller’s treatment of their children was equally horrifying and hysterical. Asher, Neal – Prador Moon. With the assistance of other species, humans have spread across the galaxy, which is largely ruled by the Mercatoria, a complex feudal hierarchy, with a religious zeal to rid the galaxy of artificial intelligenceswhich were blamed for a previous war.

Now two enormous battle fleets converge on Ulubis, and Fassin must undertake a quest deep into Nasqueron to uncover the Dwellers’ secret.