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For the discussion of Iain's science fiction (Culture & non-Culture) titles

  1. Poll Sticky Thread Sticky: Poll: Poll II - Up to Surface Detail

    What's you favorite?

    Started by Deep Black‎, 19-03-2011 09:27 AM
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  1. The Empire of Azad (SPOILERS).

    Out of all the comparatively primitive interstellar humanoid civilizations to feature in the Culture series, the one that I still find horrifyingly...

    Started by Big Orange‎, 19-06-2013 04:23 PM
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  2. The New Consider Phlebas thread (contains spoilers)

    After due deliberation, I have decided to return to the forum. My idea is to slowly reread (in deference to Deep Black's reading abilities—though he...

    Started by charismatic megafauna‎, 28-06-2014 08:38 PM
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  3. The Crazy Plan That'll Never Work

    OK, so TMH has scotched (haaaaaaaa!*) any notion of officially coming up with rules for Azad. But, if I/someone else/Batman were to throw up a wiki,...

    Started by Chelsea Tractor‎, 17-12-2010 03:45 PM
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  4. The Algebraist ...infinite funspace ?

    s p o i l e r s , b i t c h e s s p o i l e rs It's a perfect problem, the Mercatoria and it's hideously rigid vertical (and comical)...

    Started by John.E.Smoke‎, 02-04-2014 03:26 PM
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  5. Excerpts that convey the scale of stuff in The Culture series

    I'll start it off with a scene from Consider Phlebas. I'm paraphrasing since I don't have my copy of on hand. I'll post the exact excerpts when I...

    Started by TheChairmaker‎, 23-05-2014 07:05 PM
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  6. Favorites by category - all Culture novels [Spoilers]

    Hi all, I just finished the final Culture novel, and having read them all am excited to finally discuss all things Culture without fear of spoilers. ...

    Started by TheChairmaker‎, 12-01-2014 03:22 AM
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  7. Best topic for next Culture novel

    I know, I know, The Hydrogen Sonata was just published. But what topic(s) would make the next Culture novel most...

    Started by dunkoveru‎, 28-11-2012 08:13 AM
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  8. Funniest Comments in The Culture Novels

    So what are your favorite moments of humor from the Culture Novels? Two that come to my mind are the The Fate Amenable to Change's reaction to an...

    Started by ryantherebel‎, 17-04-2014 07:58 PM
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  9. Bank's Best Action Scenes

    Name says it all. What are the best action scenes that Banks has written? The one that sticks out in my minds is the climactic showdown in Player of...

    Started by ryantherebel‎, 05-12-2013 01:33 AM
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  10. ROU in "Dr. Who"

    I was just watching Ep. 1x09 of Dr. Who (2005) and this part totally made me think of an ROU traveling through hyperspace (see screenshot). ...

    Started by TheChairmaker‎, 05-07-2014 11:08 PM
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  11. Earth's version of The Culture's Referers?

    Like Fal 'Ngeestra from Consider Phlebas: http://www.goodjudgmentproject.com/

    Started by daveh‎, 03-04-2014 03:55 PM
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  12. Poll Poll: What's the size of the Hub ?

    Hubs are the management center of orbitals , located in the middle of the orbital. You'll have to apologize my bad memory for any references...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 31-01-2013 06:37 PM
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  13. GSV Dreaming

    Hello all, For a while now I've had a fantasy about what could happen if The Culture existed and finally made Contact. I like to try and think...

    Started by Recurrent Epistaxis (ROU)‎, 28-02-2014 05:20 AM
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  14. Ships with an '80s vibe

    ROU Space Invader GCU Like A Virgin GSV Totally Tubular

    Started by dunkoveru‎, 16-12-2012 06:23 AM
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  15. Deus ex machina: Banks' versus the stereotype

    Warning: SPOILERS galore. I've sometimes been criticized when I've claimed Banks is the best SF writer ever. So here's a bit of proof to back it...

    Started by charismatic megafauna‎, 18-12-2013 11:38 PM
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  16. The Culture's Definitive Dramtis Personae [POSSIBLE SPOILERS]

    dra·ma·tis per·so·nae noun plural \ˌdra-mə-təs-pər-ˈsō-(ˌ)nē, ˌdrä-, -ˌnī\ : the characters or actors in a play, movie, story, etc. ...

    Started by TheChairmaker‎, 20-01-2014 08:51 PM
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  17. Least Enjoyable "M" Book, and Why

    What is the least enjoyable "M" book to you, and why? For me, Against a Dark Background wins (or loses) the prixe. It had lots of promise but...

    Started by dunkoveru‎, 28-12-2013 12:52 AM
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  18. Spoilers: Matter Questions

    I posted the following on Usenet a little while ago and either not many people were reading it or no-one is any more elightened than I am about the...

    Started by GSV Not Really Listening‎, 10-01-2009 07:32 PM
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  19. Surface Detail questions [SPOILERS]

    Hi all, I finished SD and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a few questions that I was able to find answers to on the forums, but a few that I still have...

    Started by TheChairmaker‎, 30-12-2013 12:03 AM
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  20. Secret Courtyard download?

    Anyone know if the Secret Courtyard can be got as a download? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Banks see here for description...

    Started by Old Vig‎, 05-01-2014 04:12 PM
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    08-01-2014, 07:41 PM Go to last post

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