Questions tagged [the-algebraist]

For questions about "The Algebraist", a 2005 sci-fi novel by Iain M. Banks set in the far future, when a Seer from a gas giant searches for a long-lost secret.

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In Iain M Banks' “The Algebraist”, what was the alien artefact?

I've just finished the book The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks, and I enjoyed it very much, but I don't seem to fully understand the events around the alien artefact that was found by Fassin, Saluus, ...
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Source of this quote in “The Algebraist” by Iain M. Banks

There is a section in the book where the Archimandrite Luseferous is reading aloud to a captive preserved enemy head. The passage he reads is:   It is a given amongst those who care to study such ...
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Where does The Algebraist fit into the Culture timeline?

I have begun to reread Banks' work as my first readings more than a decade ago were haphazard and out of sequence. Currently deep in The Algebraist and trying to fit the period into the Culture ...
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“The Algebraist”: How did the Dwellers move their portals?

In The Algebraist, a key element of the plot revolves around portals, with the Algebraist itself being a list of co-ordinates to Dweller portals. Early in the story we hear about the destruction of a ...
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Iain M. Banks' “The Algebraist”: Wormhole transport question

Note that this is a question based on what is described in the book, rather than a question based on current actual quantum and/or cosmological physics. It wasn't quite clear to me from the ...