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The Culture: The Drawings - Deluxe 'Special Circumstances' Edition

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  • Published: Feb 08 2024
  • Pages: 160
  • 506 x 342mm
  • ISBN: 9780356522340
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Orbit presents this deluxe 'Special Circumstances' limited edition of The Culture: The Drawings, available worldwide exclusively from the Orbit UK store.

There will only be 750 copies printed of this exclusive collector's edition.

The Culture: The Drawings is an extraordinary collection that celebrates the dazzling worldbuilding of Iain M. Banks, one of the most important and influential writers in modern science fiction. Faithfully reproduced from notebooks he kept in the 1970s and 80s, these annotated original illustrations depict the ships, habitats, geography, weapons and language of Banks' Culture series of novels in incredible detail.

This is the ultimate collector's edition for fans of the Culture series.

Praise for the Culture series:

'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian

'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution'
Independent on Sunday

'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman

'Compulsive reading'
Sunday Telegraph

The Deluxe 'Special Circumstances' Edition

Limited to just 750 copies, this deluxe 'Special Circumstances' edition includes:

  • An exclusive, individually-numbered edition of The Culture: The Drawings bound in a cloth and foil cover, with foiled endpapers and a Marain ribbon marker
  • A booklet of original Culture-inspired artwork, specially commissioned from digital artist Sébastien Garnier
  • A guide to Asteroid 5099 Iainbanks
  • Specially commissioned 3D printing files, designed by digital sculptor Nick Whitmore, that will allow you to print your own model of the M-DAWS Microdrone (more information below*)
  • An art print of the System Class GSV Empiricist, ready for framing
  • A certificate of authenticity, signed by the Estate of Iain M. Banks and the Publisher of Orbit UK
  • A sumptuous, foiled, cloth-bound presentation case

*M-DAWS Microdrone 3D printing files

Included with this deluxe edition is a downloadable set of 3D printing design files, based on Iain’s drawing of the M-DAWS Microdrone. Created exclusively for this edition by digital sculptor Nick Whitmore, these files will enable you to print and construct your own drone model, to exactly the same scale envisioned by Iain in his schematic. Please note that the cost of printing this model is not included with the special edition, whether you chose to print this on a home 3D printer or with a third party 3D printing service. Please see below for terms and conditions regarding these 3D printing files.

The basic thing about the Culture is: don't try to fuck with it . . . it is bigger than you are' - Iain M. Banks

Terms and conditions for use of the M-Daws Microdrone 3D-Printing files

By downloading the files for the 3D-Print Your Own M-Daws Microdrone, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

1. The 3D printing files ("Files") are provided for your personal private use only.

2. You may do the following, provided it is for your own personal private use:

- Use the Files to print the 3D drone model ("3D Model"), including by downloading the Files in formats such as, but not limited to, STL, OBJ or 3DS and reproducing 3D prints of the 3D Model; and

- Share images of the printed 3D Model on communication media such as websites and social networks.

3. You are prohibited from:

- Exploiting the Files or the 3D Model for commercial gain;

- Sharing, selling, donating, exchanging or otherwise distributing the Files (including the password provided to you) with any third party;

- Selling or otherwise distributing the 3D Model, whether for commercial gain or otherwise; and

- Modifying or adapting the Files, whether for your own personal use or otherwise.

4. All rights, including without limitation all current and future copyright, patents and design rights, in and to the Files and 3D Model are owned by Little, Brown Book Group. You are granted a non-exclusive, limited licence to use the Files and 3D Model solely as set out in these terms and conditions.

5. If you share images of the 3D Model in accordance with paragraph 2 of these terms and conditions, you agree to identify Nick Whitmore as the digital sculptor of the 3D Model by including the following credit line: "Designed by Nick Whitmore of".