The State of the Art
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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 25th 2007
Publisher: Night Shade Books (San Francisco)
Pages no: 188
Edition language: English
Series: Culture (#4)
‘The State of the Art’ is an interesting collection of short stories, all of which differ greatly from each other. I enjoyed them all except ‘Scratch,’ which descended into the arrogant nonsensical writing Banks displayed in Excession. I liked the Culture novella, which the collection takes its na...
bookshelves: fraudio, sci-fi Read in March, 2009 BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play - The State of the ArtPaul Cornell's dramatisation of the science-fiction novel by Iain M Banks. A spaceship from The Culture arrives on Earth in 1977 and finds a planet obsessed with alien concepts like 'property' and '...
This was my favourite Iain M Banks book. The title story/novella tries to address the romanticisation of the way we live on Earth, with benign spies from the much more advanced utopian Culture civilisation created by Banks 'going native', and committees struggling to decide whether to make contact w...
Sort of in the Culture series, sort of not quite. This is the (first?) collection of [a:Iain M. Banks|5807106|Iain M. Banks|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1352410520p2/5807106.jpg] short stories, paired with a Culture novella which gives the book its title. Taking up half the book The...
Gah. Me find new author. Me read all books now.