A Cultural Matter
Here’s a question: whose next SF novel features spaceships with the following names?
Now We Try It My Way
Experiencing a Significant Gravitas Shortfall
Subtle Shift in Emphasis
Don’t Try This At Home
You’ll Clean That Up Before You Leave
Without doubt one of the most highly anticipated SF novels to be published next year, Matter is the new novel from Iain M. Banks, the UK’s bestselling SF author. It’s a Culture novel — the first for 8 years — and Iain has just delivered the final manuscript. And I’ve just read it. And . . . WOW!!! (that’s a technical publishing term). Being a Culture novel, we’ve also got a whole heap of new Culture ship names to look forward to. My favourite today is Don’t Try This At Home. We’re scheduled to publish Matter in the UK and the US in February next year, and here’s a sneak peek of the cover: