Transition by Iain M. Banks

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There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

Among those operatives are Temudjin Oh, of mysterious Mongolian origins, an un-killable assassin who journeys between the peaks of Nepal, a version of Victorian London and the dark palaces of Venice under snow; Adrian Cubbish, a restlessly greedy City trader; and a nameless, faceless state-sponsored torturer known only as the Philosopher, who moves between time zones with sinister ease. Then there are those who question the Concern: the bandit queen Mrs. Mulverhill, roaming the worlds recruiting rebels to her side; and Patient 8262, under sedation and feigning madness in a forgotten hospital ward, in hiding from a dirty past.

There is a world that needs help; but whether it needs the Concern is a different matter.

About Iain M. Banks

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Iain Banks came to 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 widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.
Published September 5, 2009 by Orbit. 433 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Iain Banks has made a prolific career out of dividing himself in two, publishing novels such as his classic debut The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road as "Iain Banks" and adding a middle initial as "Iain M Banks" for a separate and very successful strand of hard science fiction.

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The Washington Post

Iain Banks is well known for one crotchet that every reviewer of his work is obliged to mention: Under this name, the popular Scottish author writes edgy mainstream fiction, often psychological thrillers such as his unsettling first book, "The Wasp Factory" (1984).

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The Telegraph

It’s hard not to hear Donald Rumsfeld, the former US Secretary of Defense, when Patient 8262 declares: “There was history that we knew we were allowed to know, history that we knew we were not allowed to know, and history that allegedly didn’t exist.” Everything is allowed when it bec...

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The Telegraph

There aren’t many writers who agree with their own critics — but in the past couple of years Iain Banks has been one of them.

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Arts Sarasota

The story stays as true to its roots as it could while making the transition from screen to stage, albeit with seven new songs added to those boomer-generation favorites, “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The story of a mag...

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