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

List of Characters

Impact Analysis book cover I am writing a Fan Fiction novel called Impact Analysis, set in the Culture universe, as invented by Iain M. Banks and used as the setting for many of his own works.

This page provides a list of characters from Impact Analysis, in alphabetical order. I've included all pan-humans, aliens, drones and ships, including non-Culture ships in this list. Warning: spoilers.

See also the plot summary.


Aneme Crossmaddows

Goodwife, now Widow, Aneme Crossmaddows, née Thresherson. Widowed after the early death of her husband Jeremias Crossmaddows from the Zombie Plague and, ultimately, at her own hand.

Shortly before her death, after a long and productive life on her own primitive planet, Aneme is invited by Kitzean Mso (masquerading as an Angel) to join the Culture. She accepts.

Can't You Drive Faster?

A Cliff class Superlifter associated with the GSV Hence, or Otherwise. The Can't You Drive Faster? launches GCU One Hand Clapping on its fateful mission where it discovers Island Rock.

Extended Adolescence

Sister ship to the GCU One Hand Clapping, associated with the GSV Hence, or Otherwise.

Hence, or Otherwise

A General Systems Vehicle (GSV) which is the home ship of the GCU One Hand Clapping, as well as the GCU Extended Adolescence.

Imagine a Swift Exit

A General Service Vehicle (GSV) which is the home ship of GCU Meretricious Persiflage. The Imagine a Swift Exit is the initial destination of Aneme Crossmaddows when she is spirited away by Kitzean Mso.

Island Rock

A mysterious planetoid discovered in deep space by the GCU One Hand Clapping. On the outside, it appears like an asteriod which has escaped from its home system. On the inside, it contains a sophisticated but non-sentient life support system which gives the appearance of a tropical island surrounded by inhospitable ocean, the home of a strange group of aliens which have no name for themselves, but become known as "The Islanders" to the Culture.

Jeremias Crossmaddows

Childhood friend and, later, husband to Aneme Crossmaddows.

Just Passing Through

Culture cruise ship upon which Kitzean Mso was a passenger when it was attacked by the Affronter Battle-cruiser Kiss the Blade.

Kiss the Blade

Affront battle-cruiser which intercepted the Culture cruise ship Just Passing Through during the short Affront-Culture war.

Kitzean Mso

Culture Contact operative aboard the GCU One Hand Clapping when it first discovered Island Rock. Her Full Name is Q'aantar Forlarkis Losaet Kitzean Mso dam T'salis.

Lezert T'wou

Culture Contact operative aboard the GCU One Hand Clapping. He is described as "...a bear-like man, tall and broad-shouldered and considerably more hirsute than anyone else on board...".

Meretricious Persiflage

A General Contact Unit (GCU) which transports Kitzean Mso and the stored mind-state of Aneme Crossmaddows to the GSV Imagine a Swift Exit after Mso persuades Aneme to join the Culture.

Old Man

Senior male member of the blue-skinned alien species known as "The Islanders", an inhabitant of Island Rock.

One Hand Clapping

A General Contact Unit (GCU) associated with the GSV Hence, or Otherwise. Makes the initial discovery of Island Rock.

Progressive Intercession

A Rapid Offensive Unit (ROU) which liberated the Culture cruise ship Just Passing Through at the end of the brief Affront-Culture war.

Quenlily Sikralis

An older model of drone, part of the crew of the GCU One Hand Clapping. It is "...formed from a pair of circular cones a half-metre high and wide, bonded together base to base. Its casing was the rich sheen of an old bronze statue...".

Schoma Xantic

A relatively newly-constructed Culture drone, part of the crew of the GCU One Hand Clapping. A tiny machine, "... the precise size and colour of a pair of fine porcelain bowls."

Sharo Emshala

The androgynous crew member of the GCU One Hand Clapping.