Above you will find the audio version of Chapter 2 of The Traveler. I fear there are a few mistakes and I have made no effort to edit the track. And so, apologies.
The Good Ship Lollipop hung in geo stationary orbit above Arkady, positioned directly over Alomkik. Were it not cloaked in invisibility, the Arcadians would have seen wondrous things indeed in the heavens.
To write fiction, for the first time in my entire life, has been a revelation.
Where he came from or where he went, none knew, and no one could guess. On Arkady, he was simply known as the Traveler.
Does it sound curious to link a vastly popular work of science fiction to the concept of mysticism?
The bald facts are that Ian Banks was a Scottish socialist and atheist and one of the finest writers and thinkers of our age.