Imitation is the sincerest of flattery
Let me be clear at the outset: this is Fan Fiction. The action in this book is set in my best understanding of the Culture universe, as described in some detail by Iain M. Banks, and used as the background for many of his splendid novels and stories.
I have long been a fan of Mr. Banks' many excellent works and, like many like-minded individuals, I have awaited impatiently for the arrival of each new novel in the series. Unfortunately, these works have appeared infrequently and now, after the sad demise of the great man some years ago, there will be no more.
Frankly, I wish I could write as well as the late great Mr. Banks, to be as imaginative as him in the creation of such an original and astonishing universe, and the rich and multi-faceted stories set therein. Since, self-evidently, I am not so talented and creative, I have decided to halve my problem and set my own story in that well-described universe.
I should stress that this is my own personal interpretation of the characters and characteristics of Mr. Banks' universe; any errors of commission or omission are, of course, entirely my own.
This book remains a work in progress. I now have good drafts of the first fourteen chapters and the Prologue - remember to start with the Prologue - although I'm sure I will be tinkering with them from time to time. The remaining three chapters I am still working on.
Please feel free to read and comment on the available chapters.
You may also like my collection of fifteen interlinked science fiction and fantasy short stories under the title Four Square Less One. Can you work out the connection between the stories?
I am now working on a second (and still growing) collection of short stories under the title ...Then a Miracle Occurs. An eclectic collection of science fiction, fantasy, horrow, romance and ghost stories - often more than one at a time. Includes my all-time favourite short-short story Hearts and Flowers.