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

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

Galactic Recession book cover For the avoidance of doubt, this is a work of Fan Fiction. This story is set in the Culture universe, invented by the late Iain M. Banks as a setting for many of his wonderfully evocative stories.

This story was partially inspired by this discussion on Reddit, specifically concerned with the reasons why the Culture had not explored much beyond our galaxy, or at least a few close galactic neighbours.

Recession, n,
(1) The action of receding; motion away from an observer.
(2) A departing procession.

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.

Please feel free to read and comment on this particular story.

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Impact Analysis Book Cover 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.

Dark Matter Book Cover I have started work on a second novel set in the Culture universe created by Iain M. Banks. This one is called Dark Matter.

This is still very much a work in progress. Again, apart from being set in the Culture universe, this book shares no characters or plot with Impact Analysis.

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

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

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


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