What’s in The Culture Reading Order?
The Culture reading order assembles all of the books in this shared universe created by scottish author, Iain M. Banks. Each book mostly stands on its own, but they all exist in the same universe. There are many ways to place these books in order. However, as with our other timelines, we go chronologically by default.
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Where to start reading The Culture?
There is no perfect way to read this series. Additionally, each book stands on its own, and the only references to other books come in the form of historical footnotes. You can read by release date, chronological, or any other order. It does matter. However, we do recommend starting with the first book ever published, Consider Phlebas. Once you have read this first book, you’re at a good launching point to read all of the remaining books. And with that, we hope you enjoy this chronological reading order of The Culture books.
|1||Unknown||Buy||Inversions||Novel||Iain M. Banks||1998|
|2||1331 CE||Buy||Consider Phlebas||Novel||Iain M. Banks||1987|
|3||1867 CE||Buy||Excession||Novel||Iain M. Banks||1996|
|4||1977 CE||Buy||The State of the Art||Anthology||Iain M. Banks||1991|
|5||2083 CE||Buy||The Player of Games||Novel||Iain M. Banks||1988|
|6||2092 CE||Buy||Use of Weapons||Novel||Iain M. Banks||1990|
|7||2167 CE||Buy||Matter||Novel||Iain M. Banks||2008|
|8||2167 CE||Buy||Look to Windward||Novel||Iain M. Banks||2000|
|9||2375 CE||Buy||The Hydrogen Sonata||Novel||Iain M. Banks||2012|
|10||2967 CE||Buy||Surface Detail||Novel||Iain M. Banks||2010|