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

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.
Jane D. Hull (1935 - )

Mind in the Making 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 and used as a background to many of his wonderful novels.

My long-held view is that the detail and intensity of the Culture universe really demands more stories to explore some of the great many ideas only briefly mentioned in the books themselves.

This story was also partially inspired by this discussion on Reddit.

This short story is very much a work in progress. Check back later to see how it is coming along.

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

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Impact Analysis Book Cover My first - 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.

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 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.

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 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.


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