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

Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.
Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946)

Phrontisterion book cover This is a work of Fan Fiction. This story is set in the Culture universe, frequently used by the late Iain M. Banks as a setting for many of his astonishingly imaginative works.

The premise of the society of the Culture and the nature of the universe which it inhabits - together with numerous other species - is rich, vivid and original, and it seemed to me that there is plenty of opportunity to further develop stories within that society.

This story has at least two additional sources of inspiration. Firstly, The Phrontistery has provided a splendid collection of obscure words which might just have been used by Iain M. Banks during his life, and in any case is an excellent source of insight and inspiration.

Secondly, the discussion on this thread on Reddit has provided a great idea to develop as the basis of this story.

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.

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

Butterfly Happiness Book Cover Mind in the Making 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. 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.


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