The first ever collection of Iain Banks' short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks' staggering talent.
This will probably never be my favorite of the Culture series, but several of the short stories were really worthwhile. I think some people really liked the Culture story set on Earth, but for me it was a bit of a letdown -- ha ha, Earth will be the control in the experiment, that's why we don't get the good stuff.Not bad. It was fun. But I'll stick with his long fiction, I think.
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