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Surface Detail

By Iain M. Banks

Surface Detail

You can view this book's Amazon detail page here.


Started reading:
2011-02-25 04:59:47
Finished reading:
2011-03-01 04:59:47


Rating: 7

Novels about the Culture continue to entertain and delight. In this latest novel by Iain Banks, the action centers around a conflict over the existence of virtual “hells”, environments that exist as a place where digital personalities exist after death as a way of apparently ensuring their punishment according to the tenets of various theologies of the cultures who espouse them. Multiple converging stories and the virtual environments reminded me of Tad Williams’ Otherland series, though I like the setting of this novel and the nature of the Culture. In particular, the Abominator-class ship Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints is both frightening and humorous.

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