viernes, 3 de febrero de 2012

Textos Metafóricos; Cultura, Anarquía Organizada; IV.

Iain Banks (born on 16 February 1954 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish writer. He writes mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies. In 2008, The Times named Banks in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945"


A strong awareness of history shows in his writings. The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable (or even inevitable) attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable. He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.[8]
In late 2004, Banks was a member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blairimpeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street. In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he "abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns."[9] He relates his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist (Alban McGill) in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.
Banks is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society (see Quotations) and a Distinguished Supporter of the Humanist Society of Scotland. He has spoken out in support of Scottish independence.[10]

The Culture

The Culture is a fictional interstellar anarchist, socialist, and utopian[1][2] society created by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks which features in a number of science fiction novels and works of short fiction by him, collectively called the Culture series.


The Culture is characterized by being a post-scarcity society (meaning that its advanced technologies provide practically limitless material wealth and comforts for everyone for free, having all but abolished the concept of possessions), by having overcome almost all physical constraints on life (including disease and death) and by being an almost totally egalitarian, stable society without the use of any form of force or compulsion, except where necessary to protect others.
Minds, powerful artificial intelligences, have an important role to play in this society. They administer this affluence for the benefit of all. As one commentator has said,
In vesting all power in his individualistic, sometime eccentric, but always benign, AI Minds, Banks knew what he was doing; this is the only way a liberal anarchy could be achieved, by taking what is best in humans and placing it beyond corruption, which means out of human control. The danger involved in this imaginative step, though, is clear; one of the problems with the Culture novels as novels is that the central characters, the Minds, are too powerful and, to put it bluntly, too good.[3]
The novels of the Culture cycle, therefore, mostly deal with people at the fringes of the Culture: diplomats, spies, or mercenaries; those who interact with other civilizations, and who do the Culture's dirty work in moving those societies closer to the Culture ideal, sometimes by force.

List of ships of the Culture setting

This is a list of spaceships found in the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks. Most ships in this list are members of The Culture, the hybrid society featured in many of these novels. In this setting, each Culture ship, and some others, is also an artificial intelligence with a distinctive personality. Many of these ships are significant characters in the novels.[1][2]

The machine intelligences called Minds (and, as a consequence, the Culture starships that they inhabit) usually bear names that do a little more than just identify them. The Minds choose their own names, and thus they usually express something about a particular Mind's attitude, character or aims in their personal life. Warship names are similar in retaining the whimsical nature, though the humour tends to be more cynical and threatening.
Banks composed many of the Culture ships' names very carefully to express the attitude of the ship's Mind, and a few names contain puns where both meanings are appropriate to the ship's attitude. A few of the ship names, like variations on "gravitas" are also installments inrunning gags.
Some ships' names hint at their purpose, but in a way that is not clear until near the end of the book. For example, Sleeper Service is asleeper agent whose cover is a "sleeper service" in a suspended animation pun on the transportation service offering.

A Momentary Lapse Of Sanity *
A Series Of Unlikely Explanations
A Ship With A View*
Absolutely No You-Know-What
Abundance Of Onslaught
Advanced Case Of Chronic Patheticism *
All The Same, I Saw It First *
All Through With This Niceness And Negotiation Stuff *
Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory *
Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The
Appeal To Reason
Armchair Traveller
Arrested Development*
Attitude Adjuster
Awkward Customer *
Bad for Business
Big Sexy Beast
Bodhisattva, OAQS
Bora Horza Gobuchul
Break Even
But Who's Counting? *
Cargo Cult
Clear Air Turbulence
Congenital Optimist
Conventional Wisdom *
Credibility Problem*
Charitable View
Charming But Irrational *
Death and Gravity
Demented But Determined *
Different Tan
Don't Try This At Home
Dramatic Exit, Or, Thank you And Goodnight*
Dressed Up To Party
Eight Rounds Rapid
Eschatologist (temporary name)
Ethics Gradient
Excuses And Accusations*
Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall
Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints
Fasilyce, Upon Waking
Fate Amenable To Change
Fine Till You Came Along *
Fixed Grin
Flexible Demeanour
Fractious Person
Frank Exchange Of Views
Full Refund (Ex-'MBU 604')
Funny, It Worked Last Time...
Furious Purpose
Germane Riposte *
God Told Me To Do It*
Gravitas Free Zone
Gravitas, What Gravitas?
Gravitas... Gravitas... No, Don't Help Me, I'll Get It In A Moment...
Grey Area (AKA Meatfucker)
Gunboat Diplomat
Halation Effect*
Hand Me The Gun And Ask Me Again *
Happy Idiot Talk*
Heavy Messing
Helpless In The Face Of Your Beauty*
Hence the Fortress
Hidden Income
Honest Mistake
Hundredth Idiot, The
I Blame My Mother
I Blame The Parents *
I Blame Your Mother
I Said, I've Got A Big Stick*
I Thought He Was With You
In One Ear *
Inappropriate Response *
Injury Time *
Inspiral, Coalescence, Ringdown
Irregular Apocalypse
It'll Be Over By Christmas
It's Character Forming
It's My Party And I'll Sing If I Want To
Jaundiced Outlook
Just Another Victim Of The Ambient Morality*
Just Passing Through
Just Read The Instructions
Just Testing
Killing Time
Kiss My Ass
Kiss the Blade
Kiss This Then *
Lacking That Small Match Temperament *
Lapsed Pacifist *
Lasting Damage
Lasting Damage I
Lasting Damage II
Lightly Seared On The Reality Grill
Limiting Factor
Little Rascal
Liveware Problem
Long View
Low Gravitas Warning Signal
Lucid Nonsense *
Me, I'm Counting
Messenger Of Truth
Minority Report*
Nervous Energy
Never Talk To Strangers
No Fixed Abode
No More Mr Nice Guy
No One Knows What The Dead Think
Not Invented Here
Not Wanted On Voyage*
Now Look What You've Made Me Do *
Now We Try It My Way
Now, Turning to Reason, & Its Just Sweetness
Nuisance Value
Of Course I Still Love You
On First Seeing Jhiriit
Only Slightly Bent
Partial Photic Boundary
Peace Makes Plenty
Poke It With A Stick *
Pride Comes Before A Fall *
Prime Mover
Problem Child
Profit Margin
Prosthetic Conscience
Pure Big Mad Boat Man
Quietly Confident,
Ravished By The Sheer Implausibility Of That Last Statement
Reasonable Excuse
Recent Convert
Reformed Nice Guy *
Resistance Is Character-Forming
Rubric Of Ruin
Sacrificial Victim*
SacSlicer II
Sanctioned Parts List
Scar Glamour
Screw Loose
Seed Drill
Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly
Serious Callers Only
Shoot Them Later
Size Isn't Everything
Sleeper Service
So Much For Subtlety
Sober Counsel
Someone Else's Problem *
Space Monster
Steely Glint
Stood Far Back When The Gravitas Was Handed Out
Stranger Here Myself*
Subtle Shift In Emphasis
Sweet and Full of Grace
Synchronize Your Dogmas*
Tactical Grace
The Ends Of Invention
The Hand of God 137
The Precise Nature Of The Catastrophe*
The Usual But Etymologically Unsatisfactory
Thorough But ... Unreliable *
Total Internal Reflection
Trade Surplus
Transient Atmospheric Phenomenon
Ultimate Ship The Second
Unacceptable Behaviour
Undesirable Alien*
Unfortunate Conflict Of Evidence
Uninvited Guest
Unwitting Accomplice*
Use Psychology
Very Little Gravitas Indeed
Vision Of Hope Surpassed
We Haven't Met But You're A Great Fan Of Mine *
Well I Was In The Neighbourhood*
What Are The Civilian Applications?
What Is The Answer and Why?
Winter Storm
Wisdom Like Silence
Within Reason
Yawning Angel
You May Not Be The Coolest Person Here *
You Naughty Monsters
You Would If You Really Loved Me*
You'll Clean That Up Before You Leave
You'll Thank Me Later*
Youthful Indiscretion
Zero Credibility *
Zero Gravitas

1 comentario:

Mandramas dijo...

Las primeras cinco novelas de la cultura son las mejores. Las ultimas no me gustaron tanto; les falta encanto, quizas.
Fuera de la cultura, tambien hizo novelas muy buenas, lastima que a veces estan escritas en un ingles tan cerrado que son ilegibles sin vivis en Inglaterra.