The Culture – a human/machine symbiotic society – has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empure of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life – and very possibly his death.
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In The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks presents a distant future that could almost be called the end of history. Humanity has filled the galaxy, and thanks to ultra-high technology everyone has everything they want, no one gets sick, and no one dies. It's a playground society of sports, stellar cruises, parties, and festivals. Jernau Gurgeh, a famed master game player, is looking for something more and finds it when he's invited to a game tournament at a small alien empire. Abruptly Banks veers into different territory. The Empire of Azad is exotic, sensual, and vibrant. It has space battle cruisers, a glowing court--all the stuff of good old science fiction--which appears old-fashioned in contrast to Gurgeh's home. At first it's a relief, but further exploration reveals the empire to be depraved and terrifically unjust. Its defects are gross exaggerations of our own, yet they indict us all the same. Clearly Banks is interested in the idea of a future where everyone can be mature and happy. Yet it's interesting to note that in order to give us this compelling adventure story, he has to return to a more traditional setting. Thoughtful science fiction readers will appreciate the cultural comparisons, and fans of big ideas and action will also be rewarded. --Brooks PeckAbout the Author:
Originaire de Fife, en Ecosse, et reconnu comme l un des meilleurs ecrivains de sa generation, Iain Banks a publie une trentaine de romans best-sellers, dont le celebre "cycle de La Culture" et "Transition", publie chez Calmann-Levy en 2012. Repute pour ses ouvrages de science-fiction, il est l auteur d une dizaine de romans litteraires, tous salues par la critique. Il est decede en 2013.
Peter Kenny , educated at Birmingham and Oxford Universities , was employed by the National Coal Board (later British Coal), first as a research scientist then as manager of various engineering departments. At the time of his early retirement, he was British Coal s Reliability Manager, reporting to the Chief Engineer. Since then, he has taught mathematics and science subjects in colleges of further education, and as a private tutor. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics , Member of the Institute of Materials , a Chartered Physicist and a Chartered Engineer. He has published many technical papers and general interest articles. He holds the LAMDA Diploma in public speaking, which is also the subject of his bookA Handbook of Public Speaking for Scientist and Engineers.
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