The Culture is a series of science fiction novels by Scottish author Iain M. Banks. In the series, Banks has created an interstellar society with socialist, utopian and anarchistic values. In this fictional universe, Earth does exist elsewhere in the universe.

The Culture series started in 1987 with Consider Phlebas. Since then, there is usually a new book in the series every couple of years (with a few gaps here and there). Below is a list of Iain M. Banks’ The Culture books in order of when they were originally published and chronologically:

Publication Order of The Culture Books


Consider Phlebas(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Player of Games(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Use of Weapons(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Excession(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inversions(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Look to Windward(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Matter(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Surface Detail(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hydrogen Sonata(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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