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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. The Culture's motive in Consider Phlebas

    So you have the Culture, on one hand - a civilization that has everything it could ever want or need - which believes all civs could or should thrive...

    Started by dunkoveru‎, 11-12-2012 12:59 AM
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  2. Question Going Native ( from Culture Citizen to another Civ ).

    Culture citizens have some adaptations : drug glands , the ability to supress pain, higher life spans. Then SC agents have even more adaptations :...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 12-01-2013 12:24 AM
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  3. Best Culture book to introduce my wife to the series?

    Hello All, I'm new to the forum. I hope everyone is well. I started reading Banks in 96 and kept reading all the way to look to windward when I...

    Started by Currently Gravitas Free‎, 28-11-2012 11:54 PM
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  4. M & non-M

    I notice on here that the "M" bit of the forum is used more than the non"M" but. It was also the case on the old forum. This suggests that...

    Started by Deep Black‎, 17-01-2009 09:59 AM
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  5. Cool Insect Drones , first in CP , now available at Earth

    In one scene of CP Balveda identifies Horza using a mosquito drone which takes a sample of blood. It seems we'll be seing that kind of drone used...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 10-01-2013 07:31 PM
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  6. Lightbulb Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry.

    Does anyone know why Iain chose "El-Bonko" as his Culture chosen name? :confused:

    Started by adelatorre‎, 27-12-2012 07:22 PM
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  7. A theme in the books: Heads

    *** Major spoilers warning if you haven't read all the books! *** Another slightly disjointed idea here... I was thinking through the endings of...

    Started by vermeer‎, 10-06-2009 04:58 PM
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  8. Ship brains

    This is my 1st.posting so apologies if discussed before or a bit banal. Are ship brains regarded as organic or some form of AI or even a combination(...

    Started by Dark matter‎, 16-12-2012 11:29 AM
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  9. Exclamation The closest thing we have to drug glands.

    When I first read Lary Niven's "Ringworld Engineers" one of the inventions that caught my attention were wireheads. A person addicted to stimulating...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 11-12-2012 07:42 PM
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  10. Poll Poll: Robot Population.

    One of the main features of the Culture is the pervasiveness of artificial intelligence, robots and drones. In the next 50 year several things...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 24-11-2012 01:27 AM
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  11. Question about the epilogue of SURFACE DETAIL

    SPOILER ALERT !!! Who do you guys think the poet was ? The one that Zakalwe (Ethiomel) was about to meet in the cafe or bar at the end of...

    Started by John.E.Smoke‎, 26-11-2012 04:50 PM
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  12. Poll Poll: How many simultaneous civilizations in the Galaxy ?

    The Culture Universe is full of live and interesting interestelar civilizations, yet SETI has not discovered any other civilizations, nor have we...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 02-12-2012 10:36 PM
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  13. Poll Poll: How would the culture contact us ?

    At some point in the future the Culture contacts us Earth dwelers. :confused:

    Started by adelatorre‎, 15-11-2012 07:58 PM
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  14. Poll Poll: A gift from the culture

    If you had to pick a gift from the culture , what would you pick up. This question was made to Iain M Banks and he picked up : ...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 20-11-2012 07:42 PM
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  15. About the "conspiracy" in Excession.

    So, I just finished re-reading this book, and the whole "conspiracy" thing seems rather ambiguous, so could someone please help explain it to me. ...

    Started by Not Registered Here‎, 14-11-2012 10:44 AM
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  16. What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

    I'm almost sure I saw that sentence in some Culture book , I simply can't recall which. Any help will be appreciated. BTW a possible solution...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 15-11-2012 03:47 AM
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  17. Question Consider Phlebas : Reasons for not killing Xoxarle ?

    The only book from Ian M Banks I've had trouble reading completely is Consider Phlebas. I totaly lost interest after Xoxarle is captured and they...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 16-11-2012 09:02 PM
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  18. Starting the culture on Earth

    The paragraphs below are just for fun. Skip it if you're not in the mood of reading a Mind-like rant. The real question is : Supose you had the...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 14-11-2012 05:25 PM
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  19. Do you think this would make an interesting scenario ?

    The time to sublime arrives suddenly . Well actually Minds do sublime and leave behind a bunch of highly confulsed group of humanoids, drones and...

    Started by adelatorre‎, 14-11-2012 09:20 PM
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  20. UoW, missing explanation? (spoilers)

    I just finished Use of Weapons. I have read the following culture books in the following order: Excession Player of Games Consider Phlebas...

    Started by Lorfa‎, 05-10-2012 11:54 AM
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