Continuing my review of all the Culture books is this conversational interview at Entropy with Joseph Michael Owens and Kyle Muntz about Excession. Excession had the potential to be my favorite as there’s so much good stuff going on:
If Use of Weapons was a psychological investigation into the world of the Culture, Excession is a philosophical excavation, featuring the AI Minds going to war. The Culture have come across an ancient artifact that is “a perfect black body sphere the size of a mountain” and a “dead star that was at least fifty times older than the universe.” Its disappearance and reappearance decades later spurs off a string of events that make for one of the most frenetic, entertaining, and metaphysical science fiction narratives I’ve read. Joining me for this review of the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture Series are Joseph Michael Owns and Kyle Muntz in our followup to our Use of Weapons review (which was at HTMLGiant).