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Transition

Banks, Iain (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Sharing nothing in common except links to an organization committed to protecting the world from itself, an assembly of dubious characters including a torturer, a reluctant assassin, and an amnesiac patient confront challenges beyond their imagining.
Authors: Banks, Iain, 1954-2013
Title: Transition
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 404 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Iain M. Banks
Summary: Sharing nothing in common except links to an organization committed to protecting the world from itself, an assembly of dubious characters including a torturer, a reluctant assassin, and an amnesiac patient confront challenges beyond their imagining.
ISBN: 0316071986
9780316071987
Branch Call Number: SF BANKS 2009
Subject Headings: International relations Fiction Good and evil Fiction Secret societies Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: International relations
Good and evil
Secret societies
LCCN: 2009930242
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The Concern's other cars are other people's bodies.

Sharing nothing in common except links to an organization committed to protecting the world from itself, an assembly of dubious characters including a torturer, a reluctant assassin, and an amnesiac patient confront challenges beyond their imagining.


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Dec 15, 2009
  • brettpim rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a fabulous book that takes place in the many worlds model of quantum theory (also the setting of other recent books: Neal Stephenson's "Anathma" (http://bibliocommons.biblioottawalibrary.ca/item/show/1396368014_anathem) and Greg Egans two recent short stroies "Singleton" and "Oracle" (http://bibliocommons.biblioottawalibrary.ca/item/show/1463247014_crystal_nights_and_other_stories) which I also highly recommend)

This is possibly Iain M. Banks best work since Excession.

Questions:

In this novel is the "Concern" a kind of mutated image of the Culture?

Are Bank's episodes of Christian Terrorism an accurate mirror of the kind of distorted discourse that surrounds Islam in the developed world?

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