Best ship name in the Culture series?

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  1. So Much for Subtlety

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    I think that Banks was incredibly talented for creating funny, even poetic ship names in his novel. What's your favorite in the Culture series? (sorry for my english...)
     
  2. Robert Mackay

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  3. Vince W

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    I guess I would have to say Death and Gravity and Fate Amenable To Change.
     
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    Some of my personal favourites popped up in the very last Culture novel - The Hydrogen Sonata - which isn't too surprising as the Minds play a bigger role in that book than in most other Culture books:

    Caconym (classic Banks humour that one)
    Just The Washing Instruction Chip In Life’s Rich Tapestry
    Refreshingly Unconcerned With The Vulgar Exigencies Of Veracity
     
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    Ray McCarthy Sentient Marmite: The Truth may make you fret.

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    IMO the Ship's names are best bit of the Culture novels.
     
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    For sure, Banks' overall take on the ships/minds was my favorite part of the universe. Insanely powerful AI that doesn't start the apocalypse, huh?!
     
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    Favorite name is probably, 'Attitude Adjuster', or 'Fate amenable to change'. but favorite ship is always probably 'Grey Area'.
     
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    Hey, welcome to the chrons forums. :)
     
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    Thank you, very much :)
     
  11. harryjones0071

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    my favourites -
    Just Another Victim Of The Ambient Morality
    Never Talk To Strangers
    It's My Party And I'll Sing If I Want To
    Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall
    You'll Clean That Up Before You Leave (gangster class ship)

    I Blame The Parents

    the sooner someone makes a movie from one of his books the better!! I must give Spielberg a call, although I reckon cronenberg would be a better bet...

    :LOL:
     
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    You need someone who can get tsome weirdness into the screen.
     
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    I agree with @Rodders. Spielberg wouldn't know how to tackle The Culture. Maybe Edgar Wright or Graham Linehan. But only maybe.
     
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    Frank Exchange Of Views
    Lapsed Pacifist
    A Momentary Lapse Of Sanity
    Lightly Seared On The Reality Grill
    I Said, I've Got A Big Stick
    The Usual But Etymologically Unsatisfactory
    Refreshingly Unconcerned With the Vulgar Exigencies of Veracity
     
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    Cool another vote for one of my favs! :D
     
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    It's one of mine too, but I Said, I've Got A Big Stick always cracks me up!
     
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    And how are we having this conversation without Mistake Not My Current State Of Joshing Gentle Peevishness For The Awesome And Terrible Majesty Of The Towering Seas Of Ire That Are Themselves The Mere Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans Of Wrath getting a mention?
     
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    For sheer simple irony my favourite is still Caconym
     
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    Well, it's hard to top that, and some great ones have already been mentioned, but a few others:
    Big Sexy Beast
    Funny, It Worked Last Time
    Liveware Problem
    Someone Else's Problem
    (a nod to Douglas Adams there, I think)
    Poke It With A Stick
    We Haven't Met But You're A Great Fan Of Mine
    Hand Me The Gun And Ask Again
    Resistance Is Character-Forming
    You May Not Be The Coolest Person Here


    Honestly, though, there are so many great ones it's hard to pick a favourite:(
     
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    Anticipation of a New Lovers Arrival...or did I imagine that one?
     
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