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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Masterpiece
Banks is quite simply on of the greatest modern SF writers. His books are always a treat for everyone, SF fan or not. Here, Banks shines up the old SF plot device of aliens studying our culture, and does right well by it. Compare this with any of the Star Trek novelizations and I think you'll agree with me that SF is not dead, it's just stuck in a bit of a loop right...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juni 2000 von Randall Barnhart

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Smell Of The Fart...
If you've never read an Iain Banks book, don't start with this one. If you've become a "Culture" fan from other books by Banks, then this may offer some early insight into the "Culture". The story itself is dull and dated. The charatures thin and, at times, silly. The other short stories in this collection are best left unread. Don't get me...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2000 von Kelly O'Hearn


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Masterpiece, 13. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The State of the Art (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Banks is quite simply on of the greatest modern SF writers. His books are always a treat for everyone, SF fan or not. Here, Banks shines up the old SF plot device of aliens studying our culture, and does right well by it. Compare this with any of the Star Trek novelizations and I think you'll agree with me that SF is not dead, it's just stuck in a bit of a loop right at the moment. With writers like Banks, science fiction will always retain its ability to surprise, enlighten and thrill us.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen For completists and Diziet Sma fans, 23. September 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The State of the Art (Gebundene Ausgabe)
If you're not already a Banks fan, this book won't make you one (that would be "The Player of Games", "Canal Dreams", "The Brige", or "Use of Weapons," depending on your taste). But if you liked "Use of Weapons", "State of the Art" is worth it just for the title story, which has Diziet Sma aboard a GCU orbiting Earth in the 1970s. The intervene
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Short Story Reviews, 25. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The State of the Art (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Road Of Skulls summary: this short story is rather boring, but it gets you "in there". The feeling of being on the move is there, and the fairly innovative scenes will catch your interest.
Road Of Skulls rating: 4 stars.
A Gift From The Culture summary: this one keeps you in on it. The characters are well-made, the situation interesting. The ending itself even leaves you satisfied. A smooth ride.
A Gift From The Culture rating: 5 stars.
Odd Attachment summary: very odd story, but it is rather amusing while it should be disgusting. Just like if you read The Wasp Factory, except on a smaller scale. Some of the uses of imagery are shocking yet also amusing. Very well thought-up and witty.
Odd Attachment rating: 5 stars.
Descendant summary: at first you may unknowingly skim through too much of the beginning. I don't think that the beginning started early enough. Excusing that, the story from there gets you into it, and deals with some controversial issues in the middle. The ending is slightly dissapointed, yet understandable.
Descendant rating: 4 stars.
Cleaning Up summary: for some reason this one reminds me of PKDs usual type of short stories. Not that captivating, with shallow characters, but very interesting and satisfying. A mixed read, and probably his worst but it's the top of the bottom.
Cleaning Up rating: 4 stars.
Piece summary: this one is short, yet it is a good representation of life then. When it is done, you'll want more as the author's use of the characters are cool enough. And not only that, but you can also see everything that's happening. Absorbing.
Piece rating: 5 stars.
The State Of The Art summary: like a really long and quite alien version of Piece. The characters are far from shallow (except for the main character herself- major problem here!) and it is both a good representation of life in the culture and a good representation of life today.
The State Of The Art rating: 4 stars.
Scratch summary: woah. I really am obessed with this. Most of these stories start out good and get worse and worse if you read them more and more, especially towards the end. But this one? It reads very odd at first, but it is excellent oral reading material. Read it out loud to anyone who knows of this sort of writing and they'll be wondering about Iain's potential (in a good way). When I first read it I cocked my head to one side. I then read it out loud to myself and became ultra-hyper. Many of the elements here (if you look closely enough) are really pessimistic views of life (especially British politics) today. You'll read it and never get off it again. Some of the scenes here are unforgettable and extremely witty; you'll wonder how Iain Banks thought all that up in his mind.
Scratch rating: 5 stars.
Overall rating of collection: 5 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply the best sci-fi short story of the last 20 years., 24. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The State of the Art (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Look at it this way - State of The Art is a great short story with some additional filler between the covers. But what a great short story it is. State of The Art finds the Culture arriving at Earth in 1978. By all accounts, the outlook is bleak for the human race. Contact, and our favorite Culture gal Dziet Sma, have to decide whether to get in touch with a world locked in a seemingly desperate arms race and the slow and painful destruction of the planet's ecosystem. Banks casts an ascerbic eye over the "state of the art" - both the Culture's and Earth's. By setting the story in the recent past, the reader knows that if the Culture had turned up just 10 years later the whole story would be different. Or would it? Sma and her crew-mates travel around the world sampling the delights and the horrors of Earth. Despite various cosmetic changes, is the planet in any better shape than it was 21 years ago? Is the Earth beyond hope? In a fitting gesture to the Culture's perverse tolerance for dissent, a crew member decides to stay. Why? And what, asks Banks, makes us human - and the Culture alien? A clever, philosophic and beautifully written story. Worth the price of the book alone.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Smell Of The Fart..., 2. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The State of the Art (Gebundene Ausgabe)
If you've never read an Iain Banks book, don't start with this one. If you've become a "Culture" fan from other books by Banks, then this may offer some early insight into the "Culture". The story itself is dull and dated. The charatures thin and, at times, silly. The other short stories in this collection are best left unread. Don't get me wrong, I loved other books by Banks such as "Player of Games" and "Use of Weapons", but this early collection wasn't worth the effort.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Frühe Fingerübungen, 5. September 2009
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: State of the Art (Taschenbuch)
Iain M. Banks "State of the Art" ist eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten/Novellen, die bereits vor über 20 Jahren verfasst und erstpubliziert wurden, also zeitlich vor den meisten der hoch eingeschätzten SF-Romane wie z.B. "Use of Weapons". Einigen Geschichten merkt man demzufolge auch an, dass es sich eher um Fingerübungen als um "Große Oper" handelt. Mit den Romanen gemein haben die meisten Geschichten Bank's Neigung zu ausgefallenen Grundideen und zum Philisophieren, wie z.B. in der titelgebenden Novelle "The State of the Art".
Für Freunde der Romane ist die Sammlung vor diesem Hintergrund durchaus empfehlenswert, Banks-Erstleser sollte sich lieber an einige der besten Romane halten wie z.B. "The Player of Games" oder "Use of Weapons".
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