I got the feel that Banks must be getting loads of fan mail asking for a new Culture book with all-powerful military ships, covert SC operations, reappearances of everyone's favorite characters, last-page plot twists, and hey what's up with Contact only having that one department, and this is his way of saying "look, that book would suck". "Surface detail", as in those little parts of some of the earlier books that you think you like but that are just the topping on the surface of a good story.

--Jouni Seppänen, 24-Feb-2011

Yup, that sounds like a good hypothesis. One can't make a hit every time.

--JanneJalkanen, 24-Feb-2011

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