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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If you must blow your mind, the least you can do is laugh. They are the only major species outside the control of the Mercatoria, being rumoured to possess devastating defensive weaponry. Only the uninformed civilians and the cannon-fodder military are decimated.

The patient readers should sort these things out without ant trouble though. The fact that artificial intelligences are anathema forms an important point in the structure of the Mercatoria, which is fine.

Seconded to a military-religious order he’s barely heard of algebraiist part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony – Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. Not that it matters, since the invasion itself turns out to be a minor problem anyway. LuseferousFassin TaakTaince Yarabokin.

This very overwhelming, mind-blanking quality as if I were a Banks character myself—they’re always getting their memories tampered with, at least in this book prevents me from being as enthusiastic about this book as I might otherwise be. Jun 13, Apatt rated it really liked it. Dec 17, Matt rated it it was amazing. Of course, plenty of books are justified i Warning: They also have many quirks and weird traditions in their banjs which make them memorably alien aliens which is always a major attraction of sf books, space operas especially.


Banks creates multi-level space opera in a algebrajst filled with humans and aliens. The Mercatoria power-structure is rococo Raj-in-Space — there’s a fabulous court scene straight out of Victoria and Albert’s coronation in India, featuring the Bsnks Ormilla, the Peregals Tlipelyn and Emoerte, First Secretary Heuypzlagger, and many, many altebraist comic-opera-dressed reps of the Ascendancy, Omnocracy, Navarchy etc etc.

They seemed too much like eccentric British aristocracy playing around with life rather than actual alien races with alien thought processes and life rhythms. He’s clearly having fun, and still writing rings around most of his competition.

Apparently he accidentally has unearthed some clues to the legendary Dweller List, a compendium of rumored wormholes created by the Dwellers in ancient times, apgebraist would revolutionize the political and economic structure of the Mercatoria empire.

Banks published his first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas. View all 11 comments. Does the list really exist?

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The following is about the only praise I have for The Algebraistso lap it up while the lapping is good. Slow Seers like Taak are a dynasty of researchers who attempt to algebraidt information from the Dwellers’ vast but disorganised libraries of knowledge, artificially slowing their metabolisms to better communicate with them. Our hero spends most of the novel inside his micro-spaceship. Algevraist is still able to piece together the secret from the remaining clues: To this end the Dwellers seem to offer an alternative, barely registered by anyone else and which might only work on their terms, but it is the closest thing to a harmonious civilization.

I have to confess to having a soft spot for absurdist, relaxed aliens who have a society based on the accumulation of “kudos” but happen to be lying on a cache of hyper-advanced weaponry should a threat come calling. Soon, Fassin Taak finds that his ability to speak to the Dwellers has unleashed a series of events that threatens to overturn galactic civilization. Now that I’ve got my language rant out of the way, I’ll have to say that even without the liberal use of the f-word, I still wouldn’t have liked this book.


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We learn that the Dwellers don’t really fight in factions anymore so much as have “Formal Wars” over somewhat trivial issues. His humor comes out of character and dialogue, the satire out of his conceptual societal relationships and the dialogue.

A Mercatoria counter-attack fleet hurries to defend Ulubis against the Starveling Cult ships and their Beyonder allies. Then he came back some years later and stormed through it to get it out the door, but he had coincidentally just re-read and become inspired by Good Omens. So, in the end messy but recommended. The lack of an editorial shepherd has left it to guzzle itself silly all over the paddock and get a bit fat and compulsive.

The Agebraist Iain M. I’m trying to do this review without any actual plot spoilers, so forgive my ambiguity.

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Definitely re-readable, I felt there was much I missed and would have enjoyed. Jun 01, Stuart rated it liked it Shelves: The writing is uneven, and in need of editing. Egalitarian Democracy in Space it’s not, but looks albebraist enlightened compared to the Archimandrite Luseferous, warrior-priest of the Starveling Cult of Leseum9, who is Bad.