Some mention of this elsewhere, but here's the blurb and cover for the new Culture novel coming Octoberish 2012. Have to say, I'm fascinated. We should learn a heck of a lot more about the Pre-Culture/formative Culture period, not to mention Subliming. It seems with this and Surface Detail, Banks is exploring areas of his universe he's generally skipped over in the past. Quietus should make a re-apperance too, I shouldn't wonder. I'm kind of hoping an inter-department rivalry might emerge between them and SC.