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Title: Descendant Title Record # 91904
Author: Iain M. Banks
Date: 1987-08-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novelette
Series: Culture
Language: English
Note: No direct quote of "the Culture", but features a drone, knife missiles, AI levels measured in decimal numbers and Orbitals. The copyright page of State of the Art (Orbit trade paperback edition, ISBN 1-85723-030-2) does not mention this story. It states that a different story, "Odd Attachment," was first published in Tales from the Forbidden Planet. This appears to be mistaken -- the story "Descendant" first appeared in Tales from the Forbidden Planet, and "Odd Attachment" first appeared in "Arrows of Eros."
Synopsis: A shot-down spaceman has to walk around a large part of a planet in an intelligent powered space suit.
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Translations
Year Language Title
1992Translated by Irene Bonhorst
German Heruntergekommen [as by Iain Banks]
2010Translated by Sonia Quémener
French Descente
2011Translated by Cristina Gómez Llorente
Spanish El descendiente

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Tales from the Forbidden Planet 1987-08-00 ed. Roz Kaveney Titan Books 1-85286-004-9 £4.95 256
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Brian Bolland Checkmark
Tales from the Forbidden Planet 1987-08-00 ed. Roz Kaveney Titan Books 1-85286-005-7 £9.95 256
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Brian Bolland Checkmark
Tales from the Forbidden Planet 1987-10-00 ed. Roz Kaveney Titan Books 1-85286-006-5 £30.00 256
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The State of the Art 1991-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 0-356-19669-0 £12.95 182
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
The State of the Art 1991-03-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 0-356-19669-0 £12.95 182
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Ein Geschenk der Kultur 1992-00-00 Iain Banks Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #4904) 3-453-05827-5 DM 9.80 286
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll John Harris  
The State of the Art 1993-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £5.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Checkmark
The State of the Art 1994-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £5.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Checkmark
The State of the Art 1996-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £5.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Mark Salwowski Checkmark
The State of the Art 1996-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £0.00 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Mark Salwowski Checkmark
The State of the Art 1997-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £5.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Mark Salwowski Checkmark
The State of the Art 1997-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £5.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Mark Salwowski Checkmark
The State of the Art 1998-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £6.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Mark Salwowski Checkmark
The State of the Art 1999-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £6.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Mark Salwowski Checkmark
The State of the Art 2001-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £7.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Mark Salwowski  
The State of the Art 2004-11-00 Iain M. Banks Night Shade Books 1-892389-38-X $25.00 188
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Les Edwards  
The State of the Art 2004-11-00 Iain M. Banks Night Shade Books 1-892389-99-1 $45.00 188
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Les Edwards  
The State of the Art 2005-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £7.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
The State of the Art 2006-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 1-85723-030-2 £7.99 216
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
The State of the Art 2007-04-00 Iain M. Banks Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-074-7 $14.95 188
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Les Edwards Checkmark
L'essence de l'art 2010-03-00 Iain M. Banks Le Bélial' 978-2-84344-097-7 €21.00 278
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Manchu Checkmark
The State of the Art 2010-03-04 Iain M. Banks Hachette Digital 978-0-7481-1007-0 £5.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll Blacksheep  
The State of the Art 2011-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 978-1-85723-030-7 £8.99 214
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Blacksheep Checkmark
Última generación 2011-05-00 Iain M. Banks La Factoría de Ideas (Solaris Ficción #150) 978-84-9800-692-6 €20.95 279
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Koldo Campo  
The State of the Art 2013-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 978-1-85723-030-7 £8.99 214
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Blacksheep Checkmark
The State of the Art 2013-00-00 Iain M. Banks Orbit 978-1-85723-030-7 £8.99 214
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Blacksheep  
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