Surface Detail (The Culture #8) - Iain M. Banks 7.94   59

Locus Award nominee 2011, Tähtivaeltaja Award nominee 2013.

It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.

It begins with a murder.

And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture.

Benevolent, enlightened and almost infinitely resourceful though it may be, the Culture can only do so much for any individual. With the assistance of one of its most powerful – and arguably deranged – warships, Lededje finds herself heading into a combat zone not even sure which side the Culture is really on. A war – brutal, far-reaching – is already raging within the digital realms that store the souls of the dead, and it's about to erupt into reality.

It started in the realm of the Real and that is where it will end. It will touch countless lives and affect entire civilizations, but at the centre of it all is a young woman whose need for revenge masks another motive altogether.


Release date October 4, 2010

Details updated August 21, 2021

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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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