By Iain M. Banks
Sharrow used to be the chief of a personality-attuned strive against crew in a single of the sporadic little advertisement wars within the civilization dependent round the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by means of the Huhsz, a spiritual cult which believes that she is the final difficulty earlier than the faith's apotheosis, and her merely desire of get away is to discover the final of the apocalyptically robust Lazy weapons earlier than the Huhsz locate her.
Her trip in the course of the unique Golterian method is a damaging and savage odyssey into her prior, and that of her kin and of the procedure itself.
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So if you do want to know exactly which one, tough. Do what I do. Use your imagination. Nah, my dad was a miner before they joined the list of endangered species thanks to Saint Margaret (with a little or a lot of help from King Arthur, depending on your outlook). Mum worked in a hairdressing salon. I’m serious about La Thatch being a saint, too, though you still have to be careful who you say that to back where I grew up, which is one of the many reasons I don’t go back there hardly at all, isn’t it?
Earth’s moon is enormous, and very close to us. If it was smaller or further away you’d only ever get partial eclipses; bigger or closer and it would hide the sun completely and there’d be no halo of light round the moon at totality. This is an astounding coincidence, an incredible piece of luck. And for all we know, eclipses like this are unique. This could be a phenomenon that happens on Earth and nowhere else. So, hold that thought, okay? “Now, supposing there are aliens. T. aliens – not that cute or alone.
Q’ands looks appropriately surprised.
Against a Dark Background by Iain M. Banks