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jjarrold writes about The Culture novels

Iain M Banks

1987

Book: The Culture novels.
Author: Iain M Banks

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Intelligent, fast-moving, wide-screen SF space opera by an author of incisive wit.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I read the first book in the series, CONSIDER PHLEBAS, when it was published in 1987.

Recollection and revelations

PHLEBAS was recommended by all those in the know - and I'd met and got on well with Iain at an SF convention in 1986, before it was published. Iain was one of a few writers who rejuvenated SF in the mid-late 80s, also including William Gibson. I'd read SF for over twenty years by then and loved his brio and wit. Within one year I was his paperback publisher, and two years later I published the hardback of USE OF WEAPONS (still my favourite of his SF novels) as editorial director of Orbit.

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