Against a Dark Background
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Against a Dark Background

by Iain M. Banks
Release date: 1993
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictionspace opera

Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself.

'There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness' – The Times

'Banks ain't kidding. He warned you up front this is a dark novel' – Norman Spinrad

(updated 2017-01-17)

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