From my list of “authors whose works I’ll buy sight unseen”, there’s a new book by Iain M. Banks: The Algebraist. This is a sprawling space opera, possibly stand-alone, possibly starting a new series – it’s not a Culture book. It’s set in a
world galaxy in which all A.I. has been banned.
[Hardback edition just published in the UK; per Amazon.com, they don’t seem to have scheduled a US release date.]