With Iain M. Banks' new Culture novel, Matter, coming out in February, it's a good time to revisit one of his lesser-known Culture novels, Inversions. One of the reasons why this book may not be as instantly-recognizable in the Culture pantheon as his space operas Consider Phlebas and Look to Windward is that it's not set in outer space. In fact, it's set entirely on a semi-Medieval planet where a Culture agent has been sent to study the natives — and has gone native herself.
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