April Bookclub: Transition by Iain Banks

Anybody may come, we just ask that you have read the book so that the conversation can have more participants. RSVP to events at embiggenbooks dot com or via the Meet Up page.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Embiggen Books
197 – 203 Little Lonsdale Street , Melbourne


PLOT SUMMARY (via wikipedia)

Set between the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the 2008 financial crisis, Transition centres on a shadowy organisation called ‘The Concern’ (also known as ‘L’Expédience’), and how the workings of this organisation affect the lives of the novel’s multiple narrators and characters. Banks uses the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics theory to imagine “infinitudes” of parallel realities, between which The Concern’s agents–known as Transitionaries–can “flit”, intervening in events to produce what The Concern sees as beneficial outcomes for that world. Transitioning, or flitting, is only possible for people with a predisposed talent for such movement, who may only flit after ingesting a mysterious drug called ‘septus’. When a Transitionary flits into another world, he or she temporarily takes control of the body of an existing inhabitant of that world, along with some of that body’s residual idiosyncrasies (such as personality disorders and sexual preferences).

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