The Player of Games (Paperback, 1989, Orbit)
5 star

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, …

Excellent in building a mood

5 star

The external exploration of a fascist empire from the point of view of a culture game player gives deep insights into the political philosophy of both, and the author himself. The ending leaves a sour taste in your mouth, with a lot of moral ambiguity on who was "right".