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