The Hydrogen Sonata

by Iain M. Banks
The Hydrogen Sonata (The Culture #9) - Iain M. Banks 9.30   10

Locus Award nominee 2013.

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.

An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they’ve made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted — dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.


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Release date September 29, 2012
Details updated June 23, 2022

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   77
Use of Weapons (The Culture #3) 8.12   70
Excession (The Culture #4) 9.10   11
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) 7.96   60
The Hydrogen Sonata (The Culture #9) 9.30   10
The State of the Art 7.50   4
The State of the Art 7.44   9

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