From a Traveller point of view, the Culture inhabits that airy-fairy technology topography somewhere north of Tech Level 16+, but some of the concepts do help illustrate technology concepts and systems at more mundane levels. Banks is also great at creating and describing very alien aliens in a very believable fashion.
It was very disappointing to read, today, that Iain Banks is suffering from cancer. The official announcement is on his website and it would appear that the prognosis is not good.
It would be great if this announcement is just a late-posted April Fool's joke, but I suspect that it is not.
|"I wish you all the best" - Marain characters by Daniel Solis|