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Paul Kincaid

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041013

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252041013.001.0001

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Backing into the Culture

Backing into the Culture

(p.25) Chapter 2 Backing into the Culture
Iain M. Banks

Paul Kincaid

University of Illinois Press

This chapter recounts how Banks began to get his first novels of the Culture published under the name Iain M. Banks. It examines the way that the central characters are either hostile to the Culture, or else are bored by it, so, right from the start of his career, it suggests an ambivalence about the supposed utopian characteristics of the Culture. The chapter also recounts how, with input from Ken MacLeod, the earliest of his Culture novels, Use of Weapons, became one of the most structurally complex of all of his novels.

Keywords:   Iain M. Banks, Ken MacLeod, science fiction, the Culture, utopia, structure, Use of Weapons

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