When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.
I have long found that the sheer breadth and scope of the Culture universe cries out for more stories to flesh out those areas where Mr. Banks did not find the time to explore before his untimely demise.
Famigerate: to carry news from abroad.
In some cultures, butterflies are a symbol for the soul. A Roman sculpture depicts a butterfly exiting the mouth of a dead man, representing the belief that the soul leaves through the mouth. In line with this, the ancient Greek word for "butterfly" primarily means "soul" or "mind".
As always, this work represents my own interpretation of the nature of Mr. Banks' universe and the individuals to be found therein; any errors of commission or omission are, of course, entirely my own.
This story is still a work in progress, although rapidly approaching a complete first draft. More to follow soon.
Please feel free to read and comment on this particular story.
My now nearly complete Culture novel is called Impact Analysis. Apart from being set in the same fictional universe, this book shares no characters or plot with Dark Matter, so the two works can be read independently.
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.