This was the first Banks SF novel I read. The book is set in Bank’s universe of the Culture, a kind of socialist utopia, like the United Federation of Planets, but far more advanced and, frankly, much more shallow and fun. It is the story of a Special Circumstances operative, a man from a more primitive and violent culture, hired by the Culture as a sort of high-tech special forces soldier. Despite the undeniably macho chris-ryaneseque overtones, it is an exciting work of grand space opera with a disturbing and quite definite anti-war message. It is my favourite Culture novel and you should check it out. The chair is significant.
- RRR182 Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970) and Series 10 Episodes 7 to 10 2017-06-19Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World (2017), The Lie of the Land (2017), Empress of Mars (2017), The Eaters of Light (2017), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970). Is that enough Who for you? Is it? Is it? IS IT? Pah!
- RRR182 Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970) and Series 10 Episodes 7 to 10 2017-06-19
- My Tweets
“Doctor… Who? Pah! I am the Captain! Sherbet lemon? Now step into my wardrobe. What? Yes, of course it’s smaller on the inside you blithering idiot!”—The Captain!
“There’s Ed, Op Ed, Op, and then there’s this blog.”—The Captain!
“Well done son, keep it up!”—The Captain’s Mum
“People will think you’re a nerd.”—The Captain’s Dad
“I hate this!”—vox populi
“I don’t care.”—The Captain!
“Who the Hell is the Captain anyway?”—Roy Mathur
“The Captain is not an adventurer, rock star and supervillain with a penchant for G&Ts, C7H10N4O2 and insanely loud music. His exploits do not usually involve arriving just in time to save the multiverse (or thoroughly bugger it up) in a Vimana shaped like a wardrobe. And, contrary to the wanted posters, he is certainly not a multi-tentacled cyborg from the 27th dimension.”—Anonymous
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