Iain M. Banks: Excession (Paperback, 1997, Orbit) 4 stars

Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, …

Solid space opera

3 stars

Solid space opera, but construction (how Banks creates suspense and mystery) and message ("more humility, less competition") are a little in-the-face ("man merkt die Absicht und ist verstimmt"). Good: how Banks deals with identity, memory and guilt.