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The Explorer by James Smythe
The Explorer
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Immortal Coil by Jeffrey  Lang
"This is a novel from Star Trek: The Next Generation set between the films First Contact and Insurrection. The story is centered around the character of Data.

Data is the only known functional positronic android and since his activation, the Federat..." Read more of this review »
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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
"So, you go to Wal-Mart to buy your groceries because it's so damn cheap, but then you realize Wal-Mart is hiring very few full-time employees and not offering reasonable health care to its employees and it's walking employees through the process o..." Read more of this review »
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Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
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This is my favorite Culture novel so far. It's got a unique premise, showing a side of the Culture universe not much seen before. Honestly Banks' imagination may actually have outscored reality on human atrocities with this one. But then again Hell i ...more
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The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks
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Like most Culture novels, its stuffed with plenty of cool ideas and set pieces, and Banks' usual mix of good humor and righteous indignation. However the actual overarching plot wasn't my favorite.

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Excession by Iain M. Banks
Excession (Culture, #5)
by Iain M. Banks
read in May, 2016
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One of the better Culture novels I think. In typical Banks fashion we have large scale doom and gloom while focusing on the personal journeys of a few characters caught in the mix; but luckily said characters have some meaty drama and issues to wade ...more
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Afterparty by Daryl Gregory
Afterparty
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Douglas Adams
“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."
"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"
"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I did," said Ford. "It is."
"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"
"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."
"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"
"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"
"What?"
"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"
"I'll look. Tell me about the lizards."
Ford shrugged again.
"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happenned to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."
"But that's terrible," said Arthur.
"Listen, bud," said Ford, "if I had one Altairian dollar for every time I heard one bit of the Universe look at another bit of the Universe and say 'That's terrible' I wouldn't be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.”
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