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Forum: Iain M Banks

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. Game of Elements

    In The Player of Games there is the Game of Elements which is partly described about halfway through the book when Gurgeh was out with Za. The...

    Started by daveh‎, 22-04-2013 05:31 PM
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  2. Ruminations on the Culture

    IMO the Culture is the most innovative concept of a future society to ever appear in SF. Rather than the stale Roman Republic/Roman Empire of the...

    Started by charismatic megafauna‎, 06-04-2013 03:18 AM
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  3. Iain (M.) Banks: An Appreciation

    The appreciations usually start rolling in whenever an artist reaches a certain advanced age, dies, or in this case announces the immanence of death....

    Started by charismatic megafauna‎, 04-04-2013 10:50 PM
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  4. Your favorite "M" moment (Spoilers)

    I thought, with the bad news, it might be nice to post what your favorite moment from the Iain M. Banks books was. Doesn't have to be your favorite...

    Started by Solipsist Mercenary‎, 04-04-2013 07:29 AM
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  5. Mistake Not...

    Consider the ship name "Mistake Not My Current State Of Joshing Gentle Peevishness For The Awesome And Terrible Majesty Of The Towering Seas Of Ire...

    Started by blub‎, 04-04-2013 02:53 PM
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  6. Help with Marain alphabet!

    Hello i am quite new to Iain M Banks and have read four Culture books so far, Phlebas, player of games, use of weapons and in the closing stages of...

    Started by mopperty‎, 06-04-2013 02:35 AM
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  7. Catastrophic News

    Quite frankly destroyed by the news of Iain's cancer. My thought go out ot him and his family. He will be missed massively.

    Started by Fanged‎, 03-04-2013 12:39 PM
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  8. Question Against a dark background

    I've started reading against a dark background. At first I thought the setting could be some star which is located at some point of...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 30-03-2013 07:21 AM
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  9. Lightbulb Civilisation Levels

    After recently finishing Surface Detail I found myself wanting an explanatory list of the 10 levels of Civilisation in the Culture galaxy. I know the...

    Started by Brabizon‎, 04-03-2011 05:10 AM
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  10. Suggestions for Iain

    An incident in one of the novels that sticks in my mind (although I cant remember which one) is when a ship decides to take unilateral action to...

    Started by RSGodfrey‎, 01-03-2013 12:52 PM
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  11. What's with the SC hierarchy in Use of Weapons?

    **SPOILER ALERT** In Use of Weapons, an SC agent named Diziet Sma is charged with "handling" the missions and escapades of Zakalwe. Zakalwe is an...

    Started by dunkoveru‎, 05-02-2013 01:17 AM
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  12. Was the Excession a pre-emptive, presumptive ‘lift?’(interdimensional taxi/ride)

    Excession Oh There be spoilers here, there be plenty of those, a veritable plentitude. Summer here in Australia continues to make dreams come true...

    Started by Brutalsubtlety‎, 21-01-2013 01:24 AM
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  13. Culture Errors (Spoilers)

    Okay, just before we start I want to say that I'm a fan of the Culture. The Culture for me is one of the great sci-fi creations and I've thoroughly...

    Started by Conscious Bob‎, 08-12-2010 02:13 AM
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  14. Put plainly, Against a Dark Background thoughts, idea’s favoured morsels …

    There, it is said. Against a Dark Background Of late, when I'm not fighting forest fires, or settling international discord, I’ve been keeping...

    Started by Brutalsubtlety‎, 16-01-2013 09:00 AM
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  15. Question Culture & special circumstances Gadgets and body Improvements

    This thread has the purpose of enumerating all the cool gadgets of the culture and special circumstances . My (very ) modest list starts with the...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 07-02-2013 11:22 PM
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  16. The next SF book, non culture please..

    I'm hoping that after you culture vultures have had your fill with the last three M books being set in your favourite wonderland of drones, minds,...

    Started by Hagbard Celine‎, 01-02-2013 01:13 AM
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  17. Poll Poll: When will we have an AI that has the equivalent intelligence of a human being ?

    AI's are pervasive in the culture universe. Will we ever see something remotely similar ? Current computer capacity is 8 GB vs 100 TB of the human...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 13-12-2012 11:48 PM
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  18. Poll Poll: Which novel would be easier to convert into a movie.

    Assume it is a low budget movie.

    Started by adelatorre‎, 18-01-2013 07:06 PM
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  19. Favorite IMB (or IB) quote/line/passage of all time

    IMB's writing is so good it needs to be savored properly. Some of my all-time favorite lines: “An Outside Context Problem was the sort of thing...

    Started by dunkoveru‎, 04-12-2012 05:54 AM
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  20. Cool And what of Earth?

    Its clear that there are at least some people in the Culture interested in our planet - it is mentioned several times in post-States of Art era. Sma...

    Started by papamishka‎, 10-11-2010 10:57 AM
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