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Feersum Endjinn Posted at Heradas.comEven though his work was split about fifty fifty between literary fiction and science fiction, Iain Banks considered himself first and foremost a science fiction writer He cut his teeth on space opera, writing several novels in the seventies that went unpublished for decades By 1984 he had shelved his earlier work and focused his attention on the world of literary fiction what he referred to lovingly as Hampstead novels hoping for better luck in the mainstream The Wa Posted at Heradas.comEven though his work was split about fifty fifty between literary fiction and science fiction, Iain Banks considered himself first and foremost a science fiction writer He cut his teeth on space opera, writing several novels in the seventies that went unpublished for decades By 1984 he had shelved his earlier work and focused his attention on the world of literary fiction what he referred to lovingly as Hampstead novels hoping for better luck in the mainstream The Wasp Factory , his first published novel, was a breakout hit that same year He followed it with a string of successful mainstream novels in the mid to late eighties, publishing one nearly every year At this point his publisher was hungry, Banks was hot and readers wanted , so in the late eighties he began rewriting his earlier rejected science fiction work These novels would become the first three novels set in the Culture Consider Phlebas 1987 , The Player of Games 1988 , and Use of Weapons 1990 and a standalone space opera Against a Dark Background 1993 They were published pseudonymously as Iain M Banks and timed for release between his mainstream novels.In conversation with Andrew Wilson, with regards to Against a Dark Background, Banks noted Against a Dark Background was the last of the old books to get redone, so it seemed like the end of an era to me It was the end of an era inways than one In the years since Banks was first published, cyberpunk had taken the science fiction world by storm and eventually given way to post cyberpunk with Snow Crash in 1992, Neal Stephenson s deconstruction, reinvention, and nail in the coffin of the genre as it existed in the eighties By 1994, the cyberpunk literature bubble had mostly burst and wouldn t see a real resurgence for another twenty years If I may speculate a bit, I think that Banks looked at cyberpunk a genre he missed out on participating in while working in the mainstream and rewriting his earlier work and thought, hmm I wonder what I could do with that Speaking with Andrew Wilson about what he wrote to start this new post Against a Dark Background era, Banks spoke of his desire at the time to write something entirely different, something not related to the Culture or his earlier work I had wanted to write something I could cut loose on, something that wasn t the Culture I had the idea that what virtual reality would become eventually would start to resemble myth and legend Feersum Endjinn grew from this myth and legend angle, and what a departure it was from his earlier space operas Computers, nanotechnology, virtual reality all mostly absent from his first four science fiction novels are woven into and through every aspect of the societies illustrated in Feersum Endjinn Far from a space opera, the story is entirely grounded on Earth and addresses themes common to cyberpunk identity, oppression, etc.I think the most important aspect of Banks storytelling was his tight grip on the differences between theme and setting Something that is not as common among science fiction writers as you might think Cyberpunk stories are primarily known for two things 1 Themes of isolation, paranoia, and self identity in an oppressive world grown out of control 2 A dirty, high tech setting full of seedy characters The themes of Feersum Endjinn are cyberpunk through and through, but the setting even in the entirely virtual Crypt is much closer to that of epic fantasy After all, it wouldn t be a Banks novel if genre tropes and conventions weren t completely turned on their side Splitting cyberpunk themes from their usual counterpart setting, shows a terrific understanding of the genre and the unique power of the differing storytelling tools available to writers.Instead of the usual cyberpunk mega corporations and seedy streets filled with high tech low lifes, Banks set Feersum Endjinn sometime in the far future after most of humanity has abandoned Earth, their tech becoming a somewhat mythical element to our point of view characters, themselves descendants of those who chose an Earth bound existence A somewhat modified Feudalistic society now exists in the ruinous mega structures built by their ancestors Underlying all of this is the Crypt a virtual reality maintaining a near one to one relationship with the real world In the dark corners of the Crypt lurk strange digital societies monstrous chimeric beings, artificial intelligences, and the digitally migrated dead of the corporeal world Some privileged corporeal characters have the ability to access the Crypt at will, and some Crypt lifeforms are able to force themselves into physical reality, terrorizing humanity via what is perceived as apparition and animal possession.Little is known about the ancient human society that built the Crypt inhabited by our POV characters their history thoroughly corrupted by time into the realm of myth We re thrown right into the world to find our way as the characters find theirs You can tell Banks is having a blast using the cyberpunk toolbox to tell the story he wants in the way he wants to.There are four main POV characters in Feersum Endjinn, including one who never properly learned to write Banks represents these first person chapters in a phonetic style Initially they were difficult for me to read or comprehend The somewhat fantastical terminology written in a phonetic Scots prose made for a difficult reading experience I ended up listening to the audiobook while reading those chapters in order to get a better idea of how the words were supposed to be pronounced, and just what the hell was going on A strategy I ve used often for Irvine Welsh novels written in Scots After a few chapters of simultaneous reading and listening I was right as rain and could continue forward with just the physical book.My favorite moment in Feersum Endjinn is a beautifully written chapter in which a character is psychologically manipulated through a series of increasingly elaborate digital environments designed to make it easy and even preferable for her to divulge the information her interrogators are attempting to extract The section takes place entirely inside the virtual construct of the Crypt, and on its own makes little sense without the context provided in previous chapters The way in which these scenarios are presented to the reader is a thing to behold.Each situation is introduced in turn, without resolution, then each resolution is presented one after another after another at which point the narrative curtain is lifted and the impact is demonstrated for us in the physical world The combined effect, presented in series like this is breathtaking to read, and speaks to the courage and singular sense of purpose present in this character It s a fantastic moment She was the only speaker in a tribe of the dumb, walking amongst them, tall and silent while they touched her and beseeched her with their sad eyes and their deferent, hesitant hands and their flowing, pleading signs to talk for them, sing for them, be their voice Of course not all of the story works flawlessly there are a handful of plot lines brought up that never resolve, the story drags somewhat through the middle chapters, and the phonetic writing style is sometimes extremely difficult to read I wouldn t suggest going into this anticipating a Culture novel This is Banks in full on experimentation mode, and in retrospect, the book is odd, maybe too odd It isn t my favorite SF F, it isn t my favorite cyberpunk novel I m sure that several would argue it isn t cyberpunk at all is post post cyberpunk a genre yet and it definitely isn t my favorite Iain Banks novel, however If you re a Banks completist, or up for something wild, something different, something completely left field, something so out there I initially assumed it was written under the influence of some sort of psychotropics, I d highly recommend checking out Feersum Endjinn In a world where one can live multiple lives, Count Alandre Sessine VIII has survived seven times and is down to his last, leaving him one final shot at finding his killer His only clues point to a conspiracy that reaches far beyond his own murder, and survival lies in discovering other fugitives who know the truth about the ultimate weapon of chaos and salvation Reprint ❰Download❯ ➻ Their Language of Love Author Bapsi Sidhwa – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Count Alandre Sessine VIII has survived seven times and is down to his last [KINDLE] ❄ Turbulence By Samit Basu – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk leaving him one final shot at finding his killer His only clues point to a conspiracy that reaches far beyond his own murder [KINDLE] ✿ Der letzte Held Author Samit Basu – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and survival lies in discovering other fugitives who know the truth about the ultimate weapon of chaos and salvation Reprint Scottish writer Iain M Banks with his book Feersum Endjinn has given us the second science fiction novel not based upon or set within the Culture universe, the first being Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn is additionally Iain M Banks s sixth work of science fiction.Banks deals in ideas The most striking feature of this book is lack of emotional subtlety and the story is told in four threads, following four main characters.Mr Banks passed away on June 6 2013 at the age of 59 Awar Scottish writer Iain M Banks with his book Feersum Endjinn has given us the second science fiction novel not based upon or set within the Culture universe, the first being Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn is additionally Iain M Banks s sixth work of science fiction.Banks deals in ideas The most striking feature of this book is lack of emotional subtlety and the story is told in four threads, following four main characters.Mr Banks passed away on June 6 2013 at the age of 59 Aware of his imminent demise on 3 April he announced on his website that he had inoperable gall bladder cancer, giving him, at most, a year to live His first published novel, The Wasp Factory , appeared in 1984 when he was thirty years old His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas , was published in 1987, in it he created The Culture , a galaxy hopping society run by powerful but benevolent machines For the rest of his career literary novels would alternate with works of science fiction, the latter appearing under the name Iain M Banks the M standing for Menzies I enjoy all of Mr Banks s work both fiction and Science Fiction Mr Banks was also an expert on Scottish whisky This is a serious work of the imagination It doesn t really fit in the Culture novels, but it s definitely some Hard SF with a beautiful vision of a far old Earth filled with so many Big Ideas We ve got everything from allotted resurrections, ghosts solving their own murders, enormous and layered virtual realities, virus ridden fantasy realms, and a Chaos filled with AIs If that isn t enough, the Earth is going through some major changes You know like destruction Evenphysical Big I This is a serious work of the imagination It doesn t really fit in the Culture novels, but it s definitely some Hard SF with a beautiful vision of a far old Earth filled with so many Big Ideas We ve got everything from allotted resurrections, ghosts solving their own murders, enormous and layered virtual realities, virus ridden fantasy realms, and a Chaos filled with AIs If that isn t enough, the Earth is going through some major changes You know like destruction Evenphysical Big Ideas keep flowing in and I reveled in it all But don t just think this is just a novel of ideas The characters and the individual stories were all fascinating and funny and full of great reveals and twists More than enough for three normal novels, even I happily skipped one major complaint of this novel by listening to the audiobook version with Peter Kenny He s awesome That s great all by itself But the best part is breezing right past the creative spellings of words You know Like the title of this book Weird, right But it s just Fearsome Engine I m sure this would be fine for people who read Shakespeare or any number of novels including Mark Twain s, but it is dense and some people might get turned off Which would be a real shame because this novel is a real shining star of creativity It reads like a fantasy adventure and mystery while having all the great trappings of a heavy SF dive I totally recommend this SF for anyone who wants to stretch their wings and wonder at the beauty of creation No Culture Experience Required By looking at my star rating you might think I am not a fan of Iain M Banks non Culture novel Iain M Banks is the only sf author I ve actively pursued in years His Culture novels have been particularly interesting, their sociological framework being unusually intelligent for the genre.This is not a Culture novel per se, though, god knows, it may fit in somewhere as pre C in the broad canvas of Banks imagination What it is is a future Earth story, date unstated, but certainly not near future The ostensible plot driver is an interstellar cloud which, increasingly, is occluding solar r Iain M Banks is the only sf author I ve actively pursued in years His Culture novels have been particularly interesting, their sociological framework being unusually intelligent for the genre.This is not a Culture novel per se, though, god knows, it may fit in somewhere as pre C in the broad canvas of Banks imagination What it is is a future Earth story, date unstated, but certainly not near future The ostensible plot driver is an interstellar cloud which, increasingly, is occluding solar radiation, threatening all life on the planet As usual, the story is approached from the perspectives of several, disparate characters and much is left mysterious until the final chapter.Unfortunately, much, too much, remains mysterious even after the final page is read Assuming this is a standalone novel, it lacks the advantage of the Culture ones in that they, among themselves, pretty much explain, or at least promise to explain, everything Here one wonders about how this advanced society lacks space faring capacities when it is clear that much of the population, the Diaspora , flew off long ago In other respects they re quite technologically advanced, yet in still other respects they re politically and sociologically atavistic Common people exist in this book only as faceless masses ruled by get this a king and council The impression after finishing the thing is that it itself wasn t finished.Most irritating is that one of the major protagonists is only represented phonetically e.g the book s title a disability mentioned but once explicitly, a device which serves no purpose so far as I could see except to slow down the reading.If I d never read anything by Banks except this, I d never read him again Fortunately, I know better and intend to try some of his straight fiction next It grabbed me from the start Part of this was the simple spectacle of it all, of the brobdingnagian castle where most of the story is set, in its kilometers long, kilometers tall chambers, of a destructive civil war between royalists and those aligned with the clan of Engineers, of the grotesque chimeric animals of sentience, and of the multiple layers of reality implemented in the vast dataspace of the cryptosphere where the data chaos lurks And then there is the overwhelming concern of t It grabbed me from the start Part of this was the simple spectacle of it all, of the brobdingnagian castle where most of the story is set, in its kilometers long, kilometers tall chambers, of a destructive civil war between royalists and those aligned with the clan of Engineers, of the grotesque chimeric animals of sentience, and of the multiple layers of reality implemented in the vast dataspace of the cryptosphere where the data chaos lurks And then there is the overwhelming concern of the Encroachment endangering the planet.The other side of it is Banks s meticulous management of information, where the reader has to piece together what the Encroachment really is it is not detailed until well into the book , and who Count Sessine s enemies are, and why the war is happening, and most importantly how everyone is going to fix this mess This book respects its readers and in turn expects much of them None of the background information is handed over in a dump of exposition, and even the presence of Bascule, whose viewpoint is a fourth of the text, means that the reader must downshift his her reading into low gear in order to deal with his phonetic spelling and how he repeats the accents or speech patterns of those he encounters Even understanding what the castle really is takes time for the pieces to come together.It s rewarding But you have to work for it.I found myself continually comparing the story to Clarke s The City and the Stars, possibly with a dram or two of Gormenghast and or The Night Land Both consider the fate of a redoubt on an unimaginably future Earth, where a decadent, remnant society resides after the ambitious bulk of humanity ascends to the stars An unexpected human is incarnated automatically for the purposes of the data system itself First of all, I m a big Iain Banks fan Keep that in mind when I tell you that this book is unreadable.The number one problem is that one of the main characters has some sort of disability and can only write phonetically So you have to wade through pages and pages of garbage like this But am Bascule thi Rascule, thass whot they call me Am yung Bascule thi Teller nuffink, that s me no I or II or VII or any ov that nonsins 4 yoors truly am good a First of all, I m a big Iain Banks fan Keep that in mind when I tell you that this book is unreadable.The number one problem is that one of the main characters has some sort of disability and can only write phonetically So you have to wade through pages and pages of garbage like this But am Bascule thi Rascule, thass whot they call me Am yung am onli on my furst life I tells her, laffin Bascule thi Teller nuffink, that s me no I or II or VII or any ov that nonsins 4 yoors truly am good az immortil 4 all intense purpusses if u cant act a bit daff when u never dyed not even 1nce yet, when can u JESUS CHRIST IAIN WHAT WERE YOU THINKING I got through about 20% of this book and the story was interesting, but ultimately I could not deal with that crap Set on an almost unrecognizable far future Earth, this book is Iain M Banks second non Culture SF endevour Earth is past it s golden hour, and technology has fallen into the realm of mysticism and ritual The story follows four different people living in the remains of what can only be described as an disproportionately scaled super city as they are reluctantly dragged into a plot involving a threat against the entire Earth They face a conspiracy of powerful individuals with their own agend Set on an almost unrecognizable far future Earth, this book is Iain M Banks second non Culture SF endevour Earth is past it s golden hour, and technology has fallen into the realm of mysticism and ritual The story follows four different people living in the remains of what can only be described as an disproportionately scaled super city as they are reluctantly dragged into a plot involving a threat against the entire Earth They face a conspiracy of powerful individuals with their own agenda, not necessarily interested in averting the looming threat.What s really special is that one of the protagionist s Bascule, a young Teller hacker,or less viewpoints is written almost phonetically in first person perspective, which could potentially annoy some readers, but adds another layer of flavor to the already very thick atmosphere of the book Here s an example of how it reads Well I no that, thilly, tho u r a very feerth old hok, gettin less blind ol thi time I woth jutht kiddin O luke anuthi thee gull Or ith it Lookth moar like a albino cro, akchooly Well, i cant thtand awound hea ol day chattin with u i 1 2 2 fly, Dartlin sez, hops down off thi perch Ith ther anythin i can get u, Mr Bathcule Believe it or not, this makes sense when you have actually read the book In any case, or perhaps because of it, I enjoyed it In fact this is probably, in my opinion, Banks s best non Culture novel I don t know what to think This one will have to sit and be turned over in the mental thought bank for a while the difficulties of following the narrative through POV changes and the phonetically written sections made it fragment in my mind, despite me reading it at my usual tremendous pace I think I liked it a lot I certainly liked the concept of the world, anyway, though on reflection I don t give much a monkey s about most of the characters.If phonetic spelling is going to annoy you, a I don t know what to think This one will have to sit and be turned over in the mental thought bank for a while the difficulties of following the narrative through POV changes and the phonetically written sections made it fragment in my mind, despite me reading it at my usual tremendous pace I think I liked it a lot I certainly liked the concept of the world, anyway, though on reflection I don t give much a monkey s about most of the characters.If phonetic spelling is going to annoy you, and or be really difficult for you, don t bother with this one It doesn t feel as fully realised, to me, as Banks other books that I ve read, anyway do The central ideas are interesting, and the choice of narrative structure is experimental, but it didn t work as well as I d hoped for me But if you trust Banks, then try it


About the Author: Iain M. Banks

Iain M Banks is a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1992 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.


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