Details about The State of the Art by Iain M Banks (Signed, US First edition, Hardback 1989)See original listing
“This book has never been read by me, and is in as near perfect state as I can see.”
21 Feb, 2014 19:38:00 GMT
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
A book that has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket (if applicable) is included for hard covers. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. May have no identifying marks on the inside cover. No wear and tear. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
|Seller notes:||“This book has never been read by me, and is in as near perfect state as I can see.”|
|Subject:||Science Fiction & Fantasy||Format:||Hardback|
|Subject 2:||Short Stories||Special Attributes:||1st Edition||Signed|
The State Of the Art
Publisher: Mark V Ziesing, Connecticut
Publication Date: 1989
Illustrator: Jacket Design By Arnie Fenner
Book Condition: Fine - Signed
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First American Edition
ISBN 10: 0929480074 / ISBN 13: 9780929480077
You are bidding on a near mint, first edition copy of The State of the Art, which is perhaps best known for having the Culture going to Earth for the first time. Its very collectible and I wish I didn't have to get rid of this if I'm honest, but circumstances are such that I don't really have a choice... There is a low reserve, so don't be put off by the higher "buy it now" price.
At 100 pages long, the title novella makes up the bulk of the book. The novella chronicles a Culture mission to Earth in the late 1970s, and also serves as a prequel of sorts to Use of Weapons by featuring one of that novel's characters, Diziet Sma. Here, Sma argues for contact with Earth, to try to fix the mess the human species has made of it; another Culture citizen, Linter, goes native, choosing to renounce his Culture body enhancements so as to be more like the locals; and Li, who is a Star Trek fan, argues that the whole "incontestably neurotic and clinically insane species" should be eradicated with a micro black hole. The ship Arbitrary has ideas, and a sense of humour, of its own.
Original publication and variant editions
The non-SF stories in the collection are the only ones he has published under his Iain M. Banks name, which is only usually used for his science fiction.