Iain M. Banks' latest novel Transition, in bookstores this week, will jelly your brains in brilliant weirdness. Banks turns political world-building on its head in this exciting tale of an Earth-based multiverse in turmoil, where dimension-hopping assassins jockey for power.
Transition (Orbit Books) is not part of Banks' beloved Culture series, which take place in a galaxy packed with thousands of alien civilizations. Indeed, Transition wasn't even released as an Iain M. Banks novel in the UK - there he published it under his more literary nym, Iain Banks. But in the U.S., the book is being released as an Iain M. Banks joint, probably because that nym is more well-known here and the plot is science fictional (though one could argue that it's more like fantasy or magic realism).