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About the book:
Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.
Now it is back.
- 'Banks is a phenomenon ... wildly successful, fearlessly creative.' William Gibson
- 'Thrilling, affecting and comic ... probably the finest science fiction he has written to date.' New Scientist
- 'Banks has rewritten the libretto for the whole space-opera genre.' The Times