- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (March 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786494476
- ISBN-13: 978-0786494477
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks a Critical Introduction
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Simone Caroti is the course director of Science Fiction and Fantasy for the Creative Writing BFA at Full Sail University. He is a senior research scientist for the Astrosociology Research Institute (ARI), a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing the arts, humanities and social sciences into the debate on the future of humanity in space.
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I've enjoyed reading the novels, and now I'm enjoying the insight that Caori provides into what the Culture stands for and how Bank's thought. The central dilemma of the Culture, that doing the right thing is hard to do when "right" isn't proscribed by some apriori framework, is certainly relevant and resonant with me, and I hope many others. As the author of this critical work puts it, "We make our own meaning as we go, until we don't go anymore, because we all have to die, and our fury at the waning of the light ends in silence, like everything else; everything matters, and nothing does."
Which seems to me to say that Banks wanted to find a way to reconcile the romantic and the rational in a way that would point out the possibility to the rest of us.
As I said, I'm only partway in, but this work has already given me a better understanding of the books, and a clue as to why they've always seemed important as well as enjoyable. Now, back to our reading, already in progress.
Editor Emeritus, SFRevu