The Culture: The Drawings (Hardback)
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The Culture: The Drawings (Hardback) The Culture: The Drawings (Hardback)

The Culture: The Drawings (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages
Published: 07/11/2023
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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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356519425
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 1340 g
Dimensions: 362 x 258 x 20 mm


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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

The first glimmerings of the Culture emerged from young Banksie's schoolboy doodlings. 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. Although the contents are arranged by broad themes (Locales, Ships, Transport, Weaponry and the rest), there has been (wisely, I think) no attempt to explain the material further. What is that Second World War-era battle tank doing on the ramparts of Thra-dra-Ostlehep? Who knows? This isn't an archive of ideas so much as the melting pot from which ideas came - THE TIMES

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“Lacking.”

I appreciate it for what it is, but I can't help but feel disappointment in the absence of context for drawings and inclusion of other commisioned art from the universe (e.g. cover art).

The final product is... More

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“Art Book?”

What is art? If Art is 'What artists do' then I would not consider this an art book
I would suspect that if Iain were still alive he would have been reluctant to release this, and I would be saying... More

Hardback edition
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“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... More

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