Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
One of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future (GUARDIAN)
Sharply satirical and packed with brilliant action scenes, this space opera proves British SF's big beard still plays the best tunes (BBC FOCUS) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.
Amid preparations, though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago.
It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
THE SCAVENGER SPECIES ARE CIRCLING.
IT IS, TRULY, THE END DAYS FOR THE GZILT CIVILISATION.
'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future . . . The Hydrogen Sonata confirms his pre-eminence in the field'
'Exuberant, slyly funny and mind-stretchingly imaginative'
'The Hydrogen Sonata counts down to Sublimation, where an entire race leaves our universe to move spiritually upmarket. But scavengers await, and a racial secret sparks violence, intrigue, murder and general unspirituality. Compulsive reading'
'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution'
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Sharply satirical and packed with brilliant action scenes'
DAILY MAIL--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful,
innovative and exciting writers of his generation.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.