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September 27, 2004
A few notes on the Culture
Its a fairly old article, but Iain Banks has a
out next week which reminded me about this
17 years ago
Thanks, dng, for the heads up on his forthcoming book. He's a fine writer.
Names of the Culture's self-aware ships tickle me no end.
Ah, hurrah for Iain Banks! Having read a
, the depth and scope of the Culture (or in fact, most of Banks' SF) never ceases to amaze me. It intrigues me that Banks has managed to create a galaxy-spanning society that is so effectively outside of economics, history, and politics - i wish i was more of a literary theorist because i'd have a ball!
Read them all, so am looking forward to the new one. Great entertainments.
One of our
has named himself after one of Banks's spacecraft.
I'm sure there are few of us Banks addicts around. I love the conversations that the ships have.
I really must read the book where the Culture comes to Earth.
That would be the novella
The State of The Art
, in which
Rasd-Codurersa Diziet Embless Sma da'Marenhide
(Diziet Sma... i couldn't resist being a smartarse) leads an expedition of observers to 1970's Earth...
Yes, and it is hard to find a copy of it. Time to go looking again, last time I found a couple of copies available on-line, but they were expensive first editions.
I've never read Banks before. This piques my interest. Does anyone recommend a place for newcomers to start? Looks like he's got quite a bit to choose from.
Nice little interview with Banks
(Salon link.) mct -- maybe try
The Player of Games
. It's not the first one, but you'll know if you will like his stuff or not fairly quickly. I don't think it matters all that much what order you read the books in, they all stand up pretty well on their own.
Thanks, that's very helpful. I saw one of the Culture novels out at Barnes & Noble the other day, and almost bought it. I didn't because I was afraid I'd miss something if I read them out of order.
I read State of the Art the other day.