Matter (Culture, #8) by Iain M. BanksIn a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place shed thought abandoned forever.
Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Cultures Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy.
Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else’s war is never a simple matter.
Mind (The Culture)
We've put together this handy primer for you on the Culture, the pan-galactic civilization whose members and ex-members are the subjects of so many Banks novels. Not only do we have a rundown of every single Culture novel, but we've also got some important excerpts from an obscure essay Banks wrote in about the ideas behind the Culture universe. Get ready to enter a world where ships are sentient, humans live for half a millennium, and living on a planet is probably the most backward thing you can do. Consider Phlebas Set during the war between The Culture and the Idirans, this is one of Banks' most widely-praised science fiction novels. Its events also shape the Culture for hundreds of years afterward. The Idirans are a lizard-like, hierarchical people who want to colonize as many worlds as possible in order to convert as many creatures as possible to their religion. The Culture, on the other hand, wants to spread its more democratic-anarchic beliefs to as many worlds as possible.
The Sleeper Service features as a reclusive Eccentric which had separated from the Culture proper over four decades previously, wandering. Later on, it becomes clear that it had never really left the employ of the Culture's secret services, and investigates the titular Excession, using its "artificial ecology" as a secret weapon. The ship, with its dual existence as a starship and a character in the novel, has been used as an example of characterisation by several literary critics. David Seed remarks on how it adopts the role of an 'amateur gumshoe ', complete with a changed style of speech — which Banks employs to offset it against that of other characters. Schoene-Harwood remarks on the implied femininity of the ship, whose 'suspended gestation ' the significant change to prepare itself for events like combatting the excession, while outwardly appearing like a harmless eccentric is compared to the pregnancy of Dajeil, the sole living soul on board not in suspended animation — a woman who has kept her own pregnancy unfinished for decades due to her emotional turmoil. Banks has stated that he used the Sleeper Service's activities forming tableaux of famous paintings with the bodies of the beings stored within to emphasise how artificial intelligences would not be so dissimilar from humanity - i. In this form, it was a part of the earlier lives of Byr Genar-Hofoen, and Dajeil Gelian, main characters in Excession , before they went to the water-planet of Telaturier.
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In Iain M. Banks 's Culture series , most larger starships , some inhabited planets and all orbitals have their own Minds : sapient, hyperintelligent machines originally built by biological species, which have evolved, redesigned themselves, and become many times more intelligent than their original creators.
Main article: Ship types of the Culture. May be home to billions of people. Smaller versions of the above. A euphemism for d ROU, used in the same role. Sent by the Culture to destroy Vavatch orbital. Culture Ulterior. Advance force invading the planet Sorpen to rescue Horza.
I ain M. Banks was one of the most celebrated and respected science fiction authors of all time. The previously unseen drawings, most of which are annotated by the author, and many of which predate the writing of the novels themselves, will be curated by the Estate of Iain M. With additional commentary by MacLeod, further notes on the Culture, and extracts from the Culture novels, the book will provide a unique insight into the Culture, including its history, language, technology, philosophy and values. The Culture novels are concerned with a conglomerate of various alien races and humans living in a post-scarcity society 9, years in the future.