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This article is about the book series. For the namesake fictional civilisation, see The Culture.

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The Culture Series, refers to a series of novels and short fiction of Scottish author Iain M. Banks. The stories center around The Culture, a post-scarcity semi-anarchist utopia consisting of various humanoid races and managed by very advanced artificial intelligences. Their main theme is the dilemmas that an idealistic hyperpower faces in dealing with civilisations that do not share its ideals and whose behaviour it sometimes finds repulsive. In some of the stories action takes place mainly in non-Culture environments, and the leading characters are often on the fringes of, or non-members of, the Culture, usually acting as agents of Culture plans to civilise the galaxy.


  • Consider Phlebas - 1987
  • The Player of Games - 1988
  • The State of the Art - 1989
  • Use of Weapons - 1990
  • Excession - 1996
  • Inversions - 1998
  • Look to Windward - 2000
  • Matter - 2008
  • Surface Detail - 2010
  • The Hydrogen Sonata - 2012

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