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Publisher Description

The second Culture novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy.

Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game ... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

Praise for the Culture series:

'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday

'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future'

'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention'

'Compulsive reading'
Sunday Telegraph

The Culture series:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Look to Windward
Surface Detail
The Hydrogen Sonata

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
The Algebraist

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
September 4
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

antoniospal ,

The Player of Games by Iain Banks.

Another wonderfully expansive imagining from the late, great Scottish author Iain Banks.

His 'culture' ethos is one the most colourful Utopias to be committed to paper. The balancing act between the thoughtful sensitivity of the brilliant and complex Gurgeh, the 'player of games'; and the ever infinitude of galactic clouds is ultimately moving. Suspense and excitement resolved by a sadness in the human heart. The Empire of Azad is uncomfortable similar to our own planetary economy. The vagaries of our different methods of electing political representatives at least as random as the game that selects the emperor of the Azadian empire. An enthralling read, as ever from this supremely creative author.

Neiliwhoops ,


Up to the usual IMB standards gaining momentum and immersing one in the protagonist's character giving insight into our human condition and our helplessness in the face of the Minds of culture... and the obligatory twist at the at the end. Loved it!

Pakhawaj ,


This is the only sci-fi book which I've read that I enjoyed. Very cool and interesting.

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