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The State Of The Art (original 1989; edition 2007)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 189238938X, Hardcover)
Iain M. Banks' only short-story collection, never before published in the US.
* Road of Skulls
* A Gift from the Culture
* Odd Attachment
* Cleaning Up
* The State of the Art
* A Few Notes On the Culture
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:52:43 -0500)
This first-ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction includes a novella never before published in Britain - The State of the Art. A striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, it adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast.The other stories in this collection, all previously published in magazines and anthologies, range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale.All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent.
(summary from another edition)
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