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Literature / Transition

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Transition is a novel by Iain Banks, first published in 2009.

It is based on the premise that a virtually infinite number of parallel dimensions do indeed exist. Set between the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the destruction of the Twin Towers, Transition centres on a shadowy organisation called 'The Concern' whose members can transport their consciousness into the bodies of unsuspecting people in other dimensions by ingesting a drug called Septus and thus meddle with the socio-political development of other Earths.


This book provides examples of:

  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    The Philospher: I do draw the line at children. Some of my colleagues will happily oblige when a child must be tortured to force a parent to talk, but I think this is both morally objectionable and suspect in principle."
  • The Masquerade: Depending on whenever you're living in an open or in a closed world a Marsquerade will or will not be in place
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    "Apparently I am what is known as an Unreliable Narrator, though of course if you believe everything you're told you deserve whatever you get."