What would Herman Melville have made of Larry Niven’s huge space mega-engineering project? You don’t have to wonder any longer.
It's okay to disagree with your friends or loved ones about certain things. But still, some things are sacred. Which science fiction or fantasy book is so essential, you'd refuse to be friends with (or to date) someone who didn't like it?
Iain M. Banks' novel Consider Phlebas helped recharge the genre of space opera, and launched the Culture series. And now you can read it for just 99 cents.
We don't find out what our science fiction/fantasy heroes are made of, until everything seems hopeless and their backs are against the wall. The greatest SF stories also contain the greatest "all seems lost" moments, and here are our favorites.
We've put together this handy primer for you on the Culture, the pan-galactic civilization whose members and ex-members are the subjects of so many Banks novels. Not only do we have a rundown of every single Culture novel, but we've also got some important excerpts from an obscure essay Banks wrote in 1994 about the…