Re: Iain Banks. "Transition".
Just finished Transition. An atypical Banks SF story. More in common with Use of Weapons than any other Banks tale, but only because of its unrelenting grittiness and salacious sidelights. A worthwhile read. I'll say no more to avoid spoilers, but only add that in the "C" universe, the "Concern" bears little resemblance to either the "Culture" or the "Company" (Kage Baker).