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The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
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Jun 12, 08


An amazing read, I stumbled on this by chance and am glad to have done so. It really takes science fiction to a level I haven't seen before.

The setting of the story is a far-future civilization called the Culture, a veritable utopia in which technology and social engineering have been mastered to the point that scarcity is eliminated, one's life is almost never in danger, and equality of all sentient beings is simply a fact of society. The setting serves as an edifying counterpart to that of the standard dystopian novel, and one can't help but root for the Culture throughout the book.

I won't go through a recap of the plot, but it's fascinating. I highly, highly recommend this to anyone who has a taste for SF/F, and even anyone who just likes a good story.
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