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July 25th, 2012, 14:44
Thanks to those who recommended Iain M. Banks. I started with the first in his Culture universe, "Consider Phlebas", and even though it's supposed to be relatively weak, I was enthralled by the scale and backdrop. As PJ put it, "never blow up a warehouse if you can blow up a planet". Even my favorite super structures are in it: Dyson Spheres, which are mentioned only in passing as some sort of footnote, as in "yeah, a sphere was destroyed too, in the war, and a couple of rings".

Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. So far, this seems to be my kind of Sci Fi.

"Mystery is important. To know everything, to know the whole truth, is dull. There is no magic in that. Magic is not knowing, magic is wondering about what and how and where." ~ Cortez, from The Longest Journey
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