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In the Bright Midwinter

In the Bright Midwinter

A poem inspired by Christina Rossetti’s In the Bleak Midwinter, and by a sunny day in late December.

The Tao of Iain M. Banks’ Culture

The Tao of Iain M. Banks’ Culture

In his Culture novels, Iain M. Banks depicted a utopian society which has a ‘way’ and a sense of destiny akin to those found in religion. The second of these novels, The Player of Games, illustrates how Banks’ atheism did not stop him believing that certain moral values will inevitably prevail.