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Feersum Endjinn

By Iain M. Banks

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  • £12.99

Britain's bestselling SF author of the last two decades joins the SF Masterworks! With a new introduction by Ken MacLeod.

Count Sessine is about to die for the very last time ... Chief Scientist Gadfium is about to receive the mysterious message she has been waiting for from the Plain of Sliding Stones...

And Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, is about to enter the chaos of the crypt...

And everything is about to change...

For this is the time of the Encroachment and, although the dimming sun still shines on the vast, towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, the end is close at hand. The King knows it, his closest advisers know it, yet still they prosecute the war against the clan Engineers with increasing savagery.

The crypt knows it too; so an emissary has been sent, an emissary who holds the key to all their futures.

Biographical Notes

Iain Menzies Banks (1954-2013) was born in Fife, and was educated at Stirling University, where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984.

His first science fiction novel, CONSIDER PHLEBAS, was published in 1987. He continued to write both mainstream fiction (as Iain Banks) and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks), and was acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation. He died in 2013.

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  • ISBN: 9781473202511
  • Publication date: 14 Apr 2016
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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