A novel set in the Culture universe created by Iain M. Banks

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
The most original writers borrowed one from another

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Dark Matter book cover As with previous works, let me be clear: this is FanFiction. This book is set in the Culture universe, famously used by the late great Iain M. Banks as a setting for many of his astonishingly powerful novels and stories.

The premise of the society of the Culture and the nature of the universe it inhabits is rich, vivid and original, and it has seemed to me that there is plenty of opportunity to further explore stories of some individuals on the edges of that society, and others who oppose them.

This book is quite definitely a work in progress. Right now I have a few rough-draft chapters and a load of notes still to be formulated into something presentable. More (I hope) to follow soon.

Please feel free to read and comment on the available chapters.

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Impact Analysis Book Cover My previous, and 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.

Galactic Recession Book Cover Phrontisterion Book Cover I have also written several short stories set in Mr. Banks' Culture universe.

Phrontisterion explores the fate of a Group Mind composed mainly of rather grumpy retired Drones.

Butterfly Happiness Book Cover Galactic Recession is a story about an Eccentric Culture ship and its crew travelling to a galaxy far beyond our own.

Butterfly Happiness explores the attitude of the Culture to the Sublime.

Unusual Circumstances Book Cover Mind in the Making Book Cover Unusual Circumstances examines a time towards the very beginning of the Culture, and explores some of the politics and personalities involved.

All of these stories are now complete and comments are welcomed.

A new story provisionally entitled Mind in the Making is still in the early stages of development. Again, comments welcomed on this (partial) story.


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