London, Orbit, 1990. First Edition. First Impression. Hardback. The third novel in Banks' Culture series. Nominated for the BSFA award. Banks wrote a much less fluid version of the story 16 years before the publication of the present title which was essentially re-written. Inscribed by the author thus: "To Bev \ Cheers from the Culture \ and \ Iain M. Banks \ 29.9.90". The book is very good with some foxing to the top edge and a little toning to the fore-edge. The jacket is near fine, with some wear to the forecorners. In Broderick and Di Filippo's SF the 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 [p58]. [6465, Hyraxia Books].