In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.
Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy.
Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.
MATTER is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.
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About Iain Banks
Iain Banks (1954–2013) was a Scottish author
considered one of the most powerful, innovative, and exciting writers of his
generation. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science
fiction as Iain M. Banks. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory in 1984, he began to
write full time. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the
popular Culture series. His books have been adapted for theater, radio, and
television. In honor of his science fiction work, an asteroid was named for him
in 2013, and asteroid (5099) Iainbanks now resides in the main asteroid belt of
the Sol system.