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The State of the Art  - Iain M. Banks

This was my favourite Iain M Banks book. The title story/novella tries to address the romanticisation of the way we live on Earth, with benign spies from the much more advanced utopian Culture civilisation created by Banks 'going native', and committees struggling to decide whether to make contact with 'us' and intervene.

Other stories address interesting implications and scenarios around advanced technology and interstellar exploration. I liked the one about the suit...