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Perfect future fun

alasdairgf writes about The Culture novels

Iain M Banks

1987

Book: The Culture novels.
Author: Iain M Banks

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Ian M Banks' vision of the future is the perfect vision of materialist liberalism writ large, and writ by one of the genre's greatest character and theme magicians.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

After having my mind blown by The Wasp Factory, I couldn't believe this was the same Banks... totally bought into the ethos of the Culture at the same time as rejecting my own religious and politically conservative heritage.

Recollection and revelations

The Culture gave me a social and technological place I could aim for. I've since decided Strong AI won't happen, but the iron fist of the culture in the velvet glove of the culture remains a socio-political omega point in my dreams.

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