In a future where the ancients have long since departed Earth for the stars, those left behind live complacent lives filled with technological marvels they no longer understand. Then a cosmic threat known as the Encroachment begins a devastating ice age on Earth, and it sets in motion a series of events that will bring together a cast of original characters who must struggle through war, political intrigues and age-old mysteries to save the world. (B 4worned, 1 oph Banx' carrokters theenx en funetic inglish, which makes for some tough reading but also some innovative prose.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
All is not well in the mammoth, multitiered underground city-state of Serehfa, where the king and his clan are waging an inexplicable battle with the engineer clan. Meanwhile, the entire planet anxiously awaits the arrival of a dust cloud headed for the sun--a development called the encroachment that threatens to plunge Earth into a life-extinguishing ice age. Having abandoned long ago the means and expertise to flee into space, humanity's only hope for technological deliverance is the crypt, a ubiquitous computer mainframe that stores all recorded knowledge, including the downloaded minds of the dead, but which has been almost totally corrupted by viral chaos. Defying the king's bewildering lack of concern for the encroachment, a rebel scientist, a dead officer living on in the virtuality of the crypt, and a semiliterate youth try to penetrate the crypt's chaotic levels and retrieve the needed knowledge before it's too late. Banks' skill at high-tech speculation continues to grow. Every page of this, his most ingenious work yet, seems to offer more dazzling, intriguing ideas. Carl HaysSee all Editorial Reviews
If this reeview is difikult 4 u to reed then u shud perhaps not buy this buk, bcaus sevrul chapters are riten this way. I luved it but ur milege may very.Published 5 months ago by HazelDomain
I did really enjoy this book. It is imaginative, well written, and has well developed and believable characters.Published 5 months ago by Daniel Hilding
Only thing I didn't like was I couldn't get a Kindle edition and I paid too much for the softcover copy.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
As usual, this man has blown me away with the far-seeing scope of his imagination. I've read the reviews maligning the unusual dialogue of Bascule and, although I can understand... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Home in Carolina
I don’t have a happy relationship with cyberpunk or it is more correct to say that, so far, I’ve rarely been able to find books in this sub-genre of science fiction that were... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anakina
Iain M. Banks is one of my favorite science fiction authors but nobody hits a home run all the time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aaron Smith