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The Hydrogen SonataThe Gzilt are preparing to sublime when things start to go a bit pear-shaped, and military installations get unexpectedly wasted. The Culture step in, with their usual style and high-tech gizmos, to try and resolve everything fairly, work out what is going on and ensure the scavenger species (hoping to inherit abandoned Gzilt stuff) don't get too beaten up in the process. The action centres on a female Gzilt military reservist who gets called upon to try and find the oldest person in the universe, in the hope that he might have evidence concerning what went on during the period when the Culture was being founded, at the time that the Gzilt opted out of joining the Culture and followed their own 'Book of Truth' instead.
by Iain M Banks
Score: 8
Published: 2012
Read: July 8th 2013

Comments


John said

A good Culture novel, with plenty of Ships' snappy dialogue, avatars, and knife missile action etc but I couldn't help thinking the whole way through that for a species about to sublime (which you only do when your culture (small 'c') has reached its pinnacle in the real universe) there seemed to be a lot of greedy/silly/incompetent/murderous/deceitful Gzilt folk around?

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