Use of Weapons (The Culture #3) - Iain M. Banks 8.12   69

British Science Fiction Award nominee 1990, Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee 1991.

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sima had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.

The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors in his past.

Ferociously intelligent, both witty and horrific, Use of Weapons is a masterpiece of science fiction.

'Banks is a phenomenon... wildly successful, fearlessly creative' – William Gibson


Release date 1990

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The Culture :: Series

Series contains 9 primary works and has 13 total works.

Consider Phlebas (The Culture #1) 7.90   84
The Player of Games (The Culture #2) 8.12   76
Use of Weapons (The Culture #3) 8.12   69
Excession (The Culture #4) 9.10   10
Inversions (The Culture #5) 8.34   9
Look to Windward (The Culture #6) 7.92   58
Matter (The Culture #7) 8.46   11
Surface Detail (The Culture #8) 7.94   59
The Hydrogen Sonata (The Culture #9) 9.50   8
The State of the Art 7.50   4
The State of the Art 7.44   9
The Culture: The Drawings 8.42   7
The Culture: The Notes (working title) 7.50   2

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