The Culture series or Culture cycle refers to a series of novels and short fiction written by Scottish author Iain Banks. The stories center around the C. It's just a bit more subdued than the rest of the typically bombastic Culture novels, and the different feel has a slight marmite effect. The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture Series #9) Paperback $ | $ Excession (Culture Series #4) Surface Detail (Culture Series #8) Consider Phlebas (Culture Series #1). 'Consider Phlebas,' the first novel in the 'Culture' series of books by author Iain M. Banks, is being adapted for television for the first time.


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The airspheres resemble in some respects the orbit-sized ring of breathable atmosphere created by Larry Niven in The Integral Treesbut iain m banks culture series not toroidal, require a force field to retain their integrity, and arose by artificial rather than natural processes.

Orbital The Culture One of the main types of habitats of the Culture, an orbital is a ring structure orbiting a star as would a planet. Unlike a Ringworld or a Dyson Spherean orbital does not enclose the star being much too small. Like a ringworld, the orbital rotates to provide an analog of gravity on the inner surface.

Orbitals feature prominently in many Culture stories.

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Planets[ edit ] Though many other civilizations in the Culture books live on planets, the Culture as it currently exists has little direct connection to planet life. Banks has written that he presumes this to be an inherent consequence of space colonization, and a foundation of the liberal nature of the Culture.

A small number iain m banks culture series home worlds of the founding member species of the Culture are mentioned in passing, and a few iain m banks culture series human-habitable worlds were colonised some being terraformed before the Culture chose to turn towards artificial habitats, preferring to keep the planets it encounters wild.

Since then, terraforming has become looked down on by the Culture as inelegant, ecologically problematic and possibly even immoral.


Less than one percent of the population of the Culture lives on iain m banks culture series, and many find the very concept a bit bizarre. This respect is not absolute though; in Consider Phlebas, some Minds suggest testing a new technology on a "spare planet" knowing that it could be destroyed in an antimatter explosion if unsuccessful.

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It should be assumed from their normal ethics, that this planet would have been lifeless to start with. It is also quite possible, even probable, that the suggestion was not made in complete seriousness. Rings[ edit ] Ringworld -like megastructures exist in the Culture universe but are referred to simply as "Rings" with a capital R.

These habitats are not described in detail but one is iain m banks culture series as having been destroyed along with 3 Spheres in the Idiran-Culture war.

In Matter, the Morthanveld people possesses ringworldlike structures made of innumerable various-sized tubes. Those structures encircle a star just like Niven 's Ringworld and are about the same size.

Iain M Banks's drawings of the Culture universe to be published in 2019

Rocks[ edit ] These are asteroids and other non-planetary bodies hollowed out for habitation and usually spun for centrifugal artificial gravity. Rocks with the exception of those used for secretive purposes are described as having faster-than-light space drives, and thus can be considered a special form of spaceship.

Like Orbitals, they are usually administered by one or more Minds. Rocks do not iain m banks culture series a large part in most of the Culture stories, though their use as storage for mothballed military ships Pittance and habitats Phage Rock, one of the founding communities of the Culture are both key plot points in Excession.

Iain m banks culture series edit ] Shellworlds are introduced in Matter, and consist of multilayered levels of concentric spheres in four dimensions held up by innumerable titanic interior towers.

Their extra dimensional characteristics render some products of Culture technology too dangerous to use and yet others ineffective, notably access to hyperspace. About were built millions of years ago as vast machines intended to cast a forcefield around the whole of the galaxy for unknown purposes; less than half of those remain at the time of Matter, many having been destroyed by a departed species known as iain m banks culture series Iln.

Iain m banks culture series species that developed this technology, known as the Veil or the Involucra, are now lost, and many of the remaining shellworlds have become inhabited, often by many different species throughout their varying levels. Many still hold deadly secret defence mechanisms, often leading to great danger for their new inhabitants, giving them one of their other nicknames: List of ships of the Culture setting Ships in the Culture are intelligent individuals, often of very large size, controlled by one or more Minds.

Culture Series by Iain M. Banks

The ship is considered[ by whom? Some ships GSVs, for example are tens or even hundreds iain m banks culture series kilometers in length and may have millions or even billions of residents who live on them full-time; together with Orbitals, such ships represent the main form of habitat for the Culture.

Spheres[ edit ] Dyson spheres also exist in the Culture universe but receive only passing mention as "Spheres".

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