Orbit Will Release Companion Books For The Culture Series
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Orbit To Publish Companion Books For Iain Banks’ Culture Series

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BY June 18, 2021

Author Iain Banks is one of the modern fathers of science fiction. The author of over a dozen sci-fi novels, many of which were part of his expansive Culture series. This series takes place in an utopian space-faring society of the future. It involves aliens, artificial intelligence, and a search for meaning to life.

This popular space opera series is still widely acclaimed, years after the death of the author and the end of the books. Now, there are some new books coming out related to the Culture series by Iain Banks. Orbit Books has announced that they will publish two companion books for the Culture series by Iain Banks. Let’s take a look at these companion titles, and how they will inform the world of Iain M. Banks’ Culture.

Orbit Will Release Companion Books For The Culture Series

Iain Banks Culture Series Companion Books Image via Orbit Books

According to Orbit, these companion books will contain archival material and detailed drawings from Banks himself. The author “painstakingly designed every element of the Culture’s universe,” and those designs will be on fully display in these volumes. In a press release, Orbit Books had the following information on these new companion titles.

“The first release will be a beautiful, full-colour, large-format landscape art book called The Culture: The Drawings, which will present Iain’s drawings exactly as he intended them to be seen. Following this, we will publish a Culture companion book that celebrates the world of the Culture through Iain’s own writing. With accompanying text from Ken MacLeod, it will include an extensive selection of Iain’s notes, tables and charts relating to the Culture universe, as well as extracts from the novels.”

The two volumes were originally planned to release as one book titled The Culture: Notes and Drawings. But due to the massive amount of material left behind by the author, Orbit is now splitting this book into two distinct volumes.

No news yet on when these companion books for The Culture series by Iain Banks will be out. But we will certainly be keeping you up to date as we learn more. Be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today for all of the latest news.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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