We are happy to reveal USA cover art for the upcoming Iain M. Banks novel The Hydrogen Sonata.
You can already preorder book here!
Also here's the plot summary for the impatient ones:
It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An ancient people, they helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they’ve made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.
Amidst preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed and Cossont is blamed. Wanted dead — not alive. Now, aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command — find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. Cossont must discover the truth before she’s exiled from her people and her civilization forever — or just plain killed.
To recapitulate, new book will be published on 4 October in UK and 9 October in US this year in Hardcover.
As usual publisher, for the the UK and US is Orbit Books.
Also, during a BBC interview Iain said the new book will be a hefty tome, probably larger than any Culture book so far so we're in for a treat. On the other hand, the book is only in second draft so the information about the length can change
More news as we get it but it has been announced that the book will be launched at a special reading in Bath. More details soon!