Literature: The Player of Games
The Player of Games
is the second Culture
novel by Iain M. Banks
and the one that's generally considered the best introduction to the seriesnote
. It tells the story of Jernau Morat Gurgeh, an expert game player, who is recruited/blackmailed by Special Circumstances
into going to the Empire of Azad to play the game of Azad.
The Player of Games provides examples of the following tropes: