When Iain M. Banks uses it as the title for his upcoming SF novel, that’s when! SFCrowsnest says The Algebraist is title of the new Banks novel. Supposedly a long, complex, baroque-style space opera, but not set in the Culture (mild disappointment) universe.
I guess I’ll have to get this one in hardback when it comes out. Banks is an exceptional writer whose SF novels are dark, humorous and full of SoW (TM). He also thinks big, but without the overwhelming ‘bigness’ of, say, Baxter. He is my favorite author and is a must read. 5 stars!!!!!!
Sorry, pulled a Klausner there. At least I’ve actually read his SF books….