View Poll Results: Best Banks SF book?

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  • Consider Phlebas

    6 7.23%
  • The Player of Games

    11 13.25%
  • The State of the Art

    0 0%
  • Use of Weapons

    21 25.30%
  • Against a Dark Background

    6 7.23%
  • Feersum Endjin

    2 2.41%
  • Excession

    20 24.10%
  • Inversions

    1 1.20%
  • Look to Windward

    8 9.64%
  • The Algebraist

    5 6.02%
  • Matter

    1 1.20%
  • Transition (yeah it counts in this poll)

    0 0%
  • Surface Detail

    2 2.41%
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Thread: Poll II - Up to Surface Detail

  1. #71

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    Inversions needs more love. And I enjoyed Matter.
    *thinks about creating forum alts to fix poll*
    "Ah, family life, eh?"

  2. #72
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    I guess we should to a "final poll",... hmmm
    "Just have fun"

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    Yeah, what's up with the anti-Inversions sentiment? It's easily in the top 4, in my humble and apparently minority opinion!

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    I really liked Look to Windward. Currently reading surface detail and am enjoying myself greatly. As always.

  5. #75

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    Yes I'd vote for "Matter". The imagery in that book is unforgettable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brabizon View Post
    Yes I'd vote for "Matter". The imagery in that book is unforgettable.
    Just on that now, it does seem incredibly imaginary, something I cannot even fathom how he came up with the idea of shellworlds.

    I found Excession astounding in it's breath and sense of scale in terms of technology / time / civilisations. It's brilliant seeing the whole universe from the Minds point of view and also how everything is working on the Mind level of speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jitsuka View Post
    Just on that now, it does seem incredibly imaginary, something I cannot even fathom how he came up with the idea of shellworlds.
    I think Ian brought together a whole bunch of ideas in the shellworlds, but as often the case with IMB he left some details for us to puzzle over. Shellworlds are closed from from hyperspace, so does that mean the layers inside are in 3d space or in different dimensions (like a hypercube)? Ian never says. Why do the 'gods' hang around in the machine cores? I wonder if the design was inspired by the art of Esher and Dali (the spindly towers remind me of his lanky elephants). I was always amazed that Ian never ran out of wacky ideas for megastructures, whether it was GSV's, orbitals, bottle worlds, Bulbitians, Tier, Shellworlds or whatever. I suppose you can't really top the shellworld system though - it was going to encompass the whole galaxy,

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