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The Culture

The Drawings

Iain M. Banks

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13 February 2024
A stunning, large-format hardback featuring original drawings by Iain M. Banks, giving a fascinating insight into the creation of his bestselling Culture universe - an essential collector's edition for all Iain M. Banks fans.

This extraordinary collection celebrates the dazzling worldbuilding of Iain M. Banks, one of the most important and influential writers in modern science fiction.

Faithfully reproduced from notebooks he kept in the 1970s and 80s, these annotated original illustrations depict the ships, habitats, geography, weapons and language of Banks' Culture series of novels in incredible detail.

'Superb - well worth it for the hardcore fans. This is an incredibly well put-together collection of drawings, diagrams, notes and schematics from one of the all-time greats of science fiction and space opera. This book looks absolutely stunning and the quality is extraordinarily high. It was well worth the wait' Waterstones bookseller review

'The Culture: The Drawings pulls together his art work for the first time, and it's clear he was a very good draughtsman. Maps of alien archipelagos. Sketches of spaceships and guns and castles and tanks . . . This isn't an archive of ideas so much as the melting pot from which ideas came' The Times

'Banks was a dude who loved his whisky and his amateur draftsmanship has some of the character of cask spirit: raw and unrefined but heady and intoxicating' Eurogamer

'The Culture series is incredible and this book goes to show how the books could be so intricate and consistent. He designed the whole universe by hand' Reader review

Praise for the Culture series:

'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday

'Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth' New York Review of Science Fiction

'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman

'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian

The Culture series:
  • Consider Phlebas
  • The Player of Games
  • Use of Weapons
  • The State of the Art
  • Excession
  • Inversions
  • Look to Windward
  • Matter
  • Surface Detail
  • The Hydrogen Sonata

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
  • Against a Dark Background
  • Feersum Endjinn
  • The Algebraist


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Imprint:   Orbit
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 362mm,  Width: 258mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   1.340kg
ISBN:   9780356519425
ISBN 10:   0356519422
Pages:   160
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987 and began his celebrated ten-book Culture series. He is acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.

Reviews for The Culture: The Drawings

Superb - well worth it for the hardcore fans. This is an incredibly well put-together collection of drawings, diagrams, notes and schematics from one of the all-time greats of Science Fiction and Space Opera. This book looks absolutely stunning and the quality is extraordinarily high. It was well worth the wait * Waterstones bookseller review * The recent publication of behind-the-curtain coffee table tome The Culture: The Drawings [collates] his earliest conceptual designs for what would become his signature sci-fi creation. Banks was apparently a habitual scribbler and doodler, conjuring crude but detailed geographical maps, architectural drafts, spaceship designs, weapons prototypes and the sketched-out foundations for an entire glyph-based language . . . His amateur draftsmanship has some of the character of cask spirit: raw and unrefined but heady and intoxicating * EUROGAMER * A beautiful book. If you enjoy The Culture, have been immersed in it and moved by it, I doubt you will be disappointed in the book * Reader review * Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future * GUARDIAN * Jam-packed with extraordinary invention * SCOTSMAN on The Culture series * Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY on The Culture series * Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth * NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION *


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