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The Culture novels
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.