By Iain M. Banks
The Scavenger species are circling. it's, actually, the tip Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An old humans, equipped on army rules and but nearly perversely peaceable, the Gzilt helped organize the tradition 10000 years previous and have been practically considered one of its founding societies, finding out to not subscribe to simply on the final second. Now they've made the collective selection to persist with the well-trodden course of thousands of alternative civilizations; they will elegant, raising themselves to a brand new and nearly infinitely extra wealthy and complicated existence.
Amid arrangements notwithstanding, the Regimental excessive Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont seems to were concerned, and he or she is now sought after - useless, now not alive. Aided in basic terms by way of an old, reconditioned android and a suspicious tradition avatar, Cossont needs to entire her final venture given to her via the excessive Command. She needs to locate the oldest individual within the tradition, a guy over 9 thousand years outdated, who may have a few thought what particularly occurred all that point in the past. apparently the ultimate days of the Gzilt civilization are inclined to turn out its so much perilous.
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Of course, we only have them on gravitics now, not light-speed sensors. ” Yanakov watched the board a moment longer, then glanced at his aide. ” Andrews vanished, and Yanakov turned back to the board. Austin Grayson would be small and antiquated beside the Star Knight cruiser heading the Manticoran escort, but she was still the flagship of the Grayson Navy, and he would greet their guests from his flag deck, where he belonged. *** Grayson looked oddly patchy in the visual display as Fearless and her brood settled into their parking orbit, and Honor had been amazed on the trip in-system by the scale of Grayson‟s spaceborne industry.
Yanakov blinked as he digested that thought. It didn‟t seem possible someone as good looking and youngHe stopped himself with a mental curse. Damn it, the woman wasn’t as “young” as he kept thinking! In fact, she was forty-three T-years old, barely twelve years younger than Yanakov himself, but still . . “All right, so she‟s got guts,” he growled. ” The Protector nodded, and Yanakov shrugged. ” He flushed at his cousin‟s expression but plowed on stubbornly. “You know I‟m right, Ben. ” His teeth grated in fresh frustration.
The Council as a whole had been determined to wait until after the Manticoran bribe was delivered to Grayson. Their own ally, unable to match the efficiency of Manticoran industry, would have been hard pressed to provide the same sort of infrastructure boost, and the Elders, intent on gathering in that largess for Masada‟s benefit, had delayed too long. Or perhaps not. Not even the majority of the Council of Elders knew everything, and the inner circle had its own reasons to delay. Of course, it was always possible that they‟d waited too long, as well, but they had more than one way to their end.
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks