Tähystä tuulenpuolta

  • Title: Tähystä tuulenpuolta
  • Author: Iain M. Banks Lauri Mäkelä Jari Virtanen
  • ISBN: 9518250146
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • T hyst tuulenpuolta The Twin Novae battle had been one of the last of the Idiran war one of the most horrific Desperate to avert defeat the Idirans had induced not one but two suns to explode snuffing out worlds biosp
    The Twin Novae battle had been one of the last of the Idiran war, one of the most horrific Desperate to avert defeat, the Idirans had induced not one but two suns to explode, snuffing out worlds biospheres teeming with sentient life They were attacks of incredible proportion gigadeathcrimes But the war ended life went on Now, 800 years later, light from thThe Twin Novae battle had been one of the last of the Idiran war, one of the most horrific Desperate to avert defeat, the Idirans had induced not one but two suns to explode, snuffing out worlds biospheres teeming with sentient life They were attacks of incredible proportion gigadeathcrimes But the war ended life went on Now, 800 years later, light from the 1st explosion is about to reach the Masaq Orbital, home to the Culture s most adventurous decadent souls There it will fall upon Masaq s 50 billion inhabitants, gathered to commemorate the deaths of the innocent to reflect, if only for a moment, on what some call the Culture s own complicity in the terrible event Also journeying to Masaq is Major Quilan, an emissary from the war ravaged world of Chel In the aftermath of the conflict that split his world apart, most believe he has come to Masaq to bring home Chel s most brilliant star self exiled dissident, the honored Composer Ziller Ziller claims he will do anything to avoid a meeting with Quilan, who he suspects has come to murder him But the Major s true assignment will have far greater consequences than the death of a mere political dissident, as part of a conspiracy ambitious than even he can know a mission his superiors have buried so deeply in his mind that even he can t remember it Hailed by SFX magazine as an excellent hopping on point if you ve never read a Banks SF novel before, Look to Windward is an awe inspiring immersion into the wildly original, vividly realized civilization Banks calls the Culture.

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    1. Iain M Banks is a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1992 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.


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    1. I.e look to change, look to the future, look forward, etc. In the introduction this book was dedicated to the Gulf War veterans, and that seems very appropriate after finishing it.It deals primarily with PTSD, suicide, revenge, apathy, and the effects of trauma; the true cost of war both societally, and individually. It accomplished this while also somehow being the most humorous novel in the series so far. In a lot of ways it is a direct sequel to the first Culture book, 'Consider Phlebas', eve [...]

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    2. Back to Iain M. Banks’ phenomenalCulture series of space opera set in a post-scarcity universe where humans are the most powerful known species. Well, not really the humans, but the massive AI entities originally created by humans thousands of years ago. It is quite unusual for humanity to (sort of) be the top dog, this is one of the most unusual features of the Culture universe. Banks’ Culture setting bucks the current trend of dystopian fiction. In this post-scarcity society, all of humani [...]

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    3. Look no further if you're looking for a tale of fantastically huge sources and end results of regret, suicide, the negation of life-affirmation, exploding suns, and excellent tales of love between non-humanoid sentients and nearly god-like Minds.This is a Culture novel. Ian M. Banks had ten of them before his death and he's known equally well for his hard SF as for his standard fiction, strangely enough.It shows in this one. I have to admit that I was very impressed by the technological fantasti [...]

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    4. heavy, heavy themes done with a light and benevolent touch. the topics on display include suicide and suicide bombings, terrorism, genocide, imperialism/cultural colonialism, the nature of war, the afterlife and feature a loveable cast of pretentious robot drones, adorable and often furry alien creatures, and one very melancholy Artificial Intelligence. VAGUE SPOILERS: the last four chapters are jaw-dropping in scope, moving from an elegiac double suicide (i teared up!) to a mind-boggling check- [...]

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    5. Brad: If you were a GSV (General Systems Vehicle), what would you call yourself?Brad: Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale"Brad: If you were a GCV (General Contact Vehicle), what would you call yourself?Brad: Inoculate by Means of BlanketsBrad: If you were a GOV (General Offensive Unit), what would you call yourself?Brad: Process of Peace and ReconciliationBrad: If you were a VFP (Very Fast Picket), what would you call yourself?Brad: Cerebrovascular AccidentBrad: If you were an Orbital, what wo [...]

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    6. Amazing. My second Culture novel after The Player of Games, and I think I'm at a point where I'm going to be ravenously devouring them. Like many others have mentioned, this is a novel about loss and mourning -- thinking back on the events of the book, not much actually happens, but Banks uses enough narrative shift and experiments with perspective that it always remains fascinating. Part of the joy in reading these books is just for the world-building, honestly. And as always, his aliens are a [...]

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    7. Say hello to Kabe (pronounced Ka - beh), a tripedal, three-and-a-half meter tall triangular bulk of politely plodding philosophical awesomeness, who can stand so perfectly still while lost in thought that silly humans often mistake him for some sort of humongous, statuesque work of art. Also, mistakenly, even though he’s a Homondon (a vegetarian species), Kabe’s very large mouth makes the sight of him eating distinctly alarming. These outwardly endearing qualities are hardly the extent of ad [...]

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    8. This is a book about mourning and regret, set in the universe of Banks's Culture series. There are several interwoven subplots, two of which display remarkable technical virtuosity. The first is a moving love story between completely non-human extraterrestrial creatures; I think it's the only successful example I've ever come across. Some of the flashbacks where Quilan recalls his lost love brought tears to my eyes. I'm not sure how the author did it, and I liked it enough that I'd rather not pi [...]

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    9. Iain Banks died earlier this year, and what a huge loss to the science fiction community it was. Out of all the Culture novels he had written, I had read all but oneis one. I figured I'd end the year by visiting his wonderful universe again for one last new adventure - something that will never happen again.If you're interested in his Culture series (you should be), don't start here, as it is actually a loosely connected sequel to Consider Phlebas, the very first Culture novel, and shock waves ( [...]

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    10. Look to windward I think is book in which Banks goes back to what he does best i.e. tell a engrossing story which has a lot of twists and turns. This time the story exclusively takes place on Masaq orbital and the descriptions of the orbital is another point which made this book really fascinating for me.Some of the strong points of the book for me where1.Masaq orbital.2.The varied species with their background story.3. Subliming concept.Let me elaborate on above points of the book1.Masaq orbita [...]

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    11. This is spectacular. It deals with huge, terrible themes (war, loss, revenge, suicide, suicide bombings) and philosophical questions (exile, redemption, forgiveness), in multiple storylines spread across hundreds of years. The scope is HUGE. There are three things that came out of Banks's mind I desperately want to be real: GSVs, drug glands and Orbitals. The fact that a large chunk of the story takes place on an O made me very happy indeed. The geography, the landscapes, the subway system - I a [...]

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    12. I don't know whether I like this as much or more than any of the other Culture novels I've read. It seems to be a different sort of beast, really. The others are things that are happening, even in Use of Weapons with the dual flow of the story; this one is the aftermath, things that have happened and dealing with them (or not). That's not to say that there isn't a plot, but the things that're happening are happening as a direct result of a known and understood past: in Consider Phlebas, the conf [...]

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    13. I have read so many of the Culture novels in such a short period of time that I find it difficult to know what to write this time. My online book club is doing a series read, so every month, there is another one. My relationship with the series tends to be up and down - some books I really enjoy, some I find frustratingly opaque. This was not one of the opaque ones.Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decis [...]

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    14. Kultūras cikla projekts man jau rit otro gadu. Nevar teikt, ka man šī sērija nepatiktu, vienkārši pēc katras grāmatas izlasīšanas nerodas vēlme tūlīt lasīt nākamo. Autors prot uzburt jaunas, interesantas pasaules, risināt aizraujošas problēmas. Vietām rakstītais ir dikti garlaicīgs, taču to pilnībā kompensē labi sarakstītās daļas.Ir jau aizritējuši 800 gadi kopš Dvīņu Novu kaujas dienas. Viena no asiņainākajām kaujām Kultūras vēsturē. Masak orbitālā stac [...]

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    15. Gentile or JewO you who turn the wheel and look to windwardConsider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.I have a weakness for anyone who quotes Eliot, particularly the Waste Land. At first I thought that this title was a bit much given that Banks had already used Consider Phlebas, which seemed to me more appropriate to the novel it graces. But it just occured to me: the people in this book are those who 'look to windward'; the entire book is an extended meditation on the message of Ph [...]

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    16. In my quest to read the Culture books in publication order (for no good reason, since doing so isn't necessary), I've made it to my seventh stop along the way. Everything I love about Banks is here: amusing AIs, thoughtful humans and aliens, the Culture and other cultures, etc. (if you're not in the know, the Culture is a post-scarcity galactic civilization whose citizens are freed from such drudgeries as money and jobs - it's an idea that makes for great science fiction). A lot of typical Bansk [...]

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    17. The Chelgrians, the Homomdans, the Culture all vie for galactic respectability in this, the 6th Culture novel: Look To Windward [2000]. (This is my second reading of this novel, the first in 2006).The Culture series reached its peak - in my opinion - in terms of wit, humour, sophistication, structure, craft and sheer entertainment value in Excession (1996) - what followed hereafter, it seemed, would have to be something exceptionally special. Inversions followed in 1998 - of which I have little [...]

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    18. „Look to Windward“ ist ein Roman, der innerhalb des Culture-Universums von Ian M. Banks spielt. Es ist auch ein Roman über die Culture selbst.Der Roman handelt neben der eigentlichen Hauptgeschichte auch vom Leben in einer Gesellschaft, die keinen Mangel kennt und deren Bewohner langlebig und durch das Anlegen von Backups praktisch unsterblich sind - oder sein könnten. Banks lässt seine Charaktere eine Vielzahl von verschiedenen Orten und Landschaften besuchen, die fantastisch bis gelegen [...]

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    19. -Una intencionalidad sociopolítica enorme bajo el barniz de género.-Género. Ciencia ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. En el libro A barlovento (publicación original: Look to Windward, 2000), Worosei es un militar chelgriano que viajará hasta un orbital de La Cultura en una misión diplomática con el objetivo de que Zeller, un músico autoexiliado allí, regrese con él. Pero detrás de la misión hay algo mucho más peligroso, un acto que mezcla la agresión, la venganza y la acción socioreligi [...]

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    20. I sort of have a problem with the main backstory premise to the book, this spoiler reveals a lot of stuff that's revealed slowly over the course of the book (view spoiler)[So the Culture is considered responsible for the caste civil war. They did this by influencing politics so a caste-ending politician became president, which led to a gradual but almost complete destruction of the caste system. Then the former lower castes just tried to kill the higher castes suddenly for some reason just at th [...]

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    21. A quarter of the way through this Culture novel, I already knew it was my favorite, and Banks cemented this opinion with this passage:What bizarre fates our technologies dream up for us, he thought as he lay there. Here I am, a male, becoming pregnant with the ghost of an old dead soldier, to travel beyond the bounds of light older than our civilisation and carry out some task I have spent the best part of a year training for but of which I presently have no real knowledge whatsoever.What bizarr [...]

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    22. After reading The Algebraist, I was going to swear off Iain M. Banks for the rest of '08. But, Ginnie recommended it so highly that I felt it was worth bumping up the list.I can definitely see why she gives it such praise. It's a dense, nuanced story that explores the motivations for terrorism, throwing that into sharp contrast against what it means to love another, reciprocating entity. Even if that love becomes cancerously deep and pathological? Of course, the story is also a clear allegory fo [...]

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    23. This is my fourth Iain M. Banks novel and they just keep getting better. I can't honestly say that Look to Windward is "better" than Excession, better being somewhat subjective. They are very different novels and both brilliant, but Look to Windward is very touching for the reader on an individual level, given the attention Banks pays to characterization of the principals involved. Look to Windward also gives the reader a very interesting look at what happens when the Culture makes a mistake, de [...]

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    24. I wasn't sure what I was going to make of this book. Having previously read and loved several M.Banks books including Consider Phlebas, I was concerned that Look to Windward might be something of a less fulfilling dour introspection. How wrong can one person be?Look to Windward is another Banks triumph. The story handles some seriously heavy subjects; terrorism, love and loss, suicide, the aftermath of war, post colonialism and empire are all addressed with immense skill. Whilst at the same time [...]

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    25. He terminado este libro con sentimientos encontrados. Como fan de las historias de La Cultura me ha resultado tan estimulante como cualquiera de las anteriores. De los cinco libros que he leído sin duda es el que más me ha acercado a la vida en esa utopía comunista, iluminando claves fundamentales para entender la relación entre los seres humanos y esas IAs en el cruce de caminos entre la tutela, la divinidad y la servidumbre. Además sobrevuelan toda la novela ideas (la muerte, la venganza, [...]

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    26. In the ordinary scheme of things I'd probably give this a 4. I was so sad when Iain died. I knew I still had his great gift of 2 more Culture books to enjoy, this and Inversion. So while thrilled to read another Banks books, it was with heavy heart knowing there would be no more. This was beautiful book about death and memory and loss but also about life. Loved the alien Homondan. There's a great twist at the end. As always there's Banks wonderful touch of humor and humanity. One of my favorite [...]

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    27. It happens so rarely that I sat quietly for a while after finishing to bathe in the wonderful delight of a book that works so well. I love this story and right now want to re-read every Culture novel again to find every last bit of genius missed during late night reading.Despite wonderful craft of this storytelling, the book didn't really grab me until about 1/2 way through, at which point I was surprised to find myself completely engrossed within the multiple storylines and reluctant to stop fo [...]

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    28. Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #263.Coming soon: Culture Read-Through Wrap-Up show.

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    29. 3.5-4 stars. This one is more slower-paced than it's predecessors. Mostly it read like a historical recounting of past wars and ways of the different cultures in relation to the on-going plot of the book, that kind of threw me off. Nonetheless, i appreciated those moments too. My favourite chapter has to be the one focused on the Hub's recounting of its part in the war and own history. I find the Minds and the different drones i've read about in the series to be one of the most intriguing parts [...]

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    30. Another absolutely phenomenal experience from one of the finest science fiction authors in history.

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