The Culture, is a space opera series written by Iain M. Banks. I've become somewhat obsessed with space lately, and was wondering if anyone recommended the books. edit: perhaps someone's read one of the books in the series without realizing it was part of a series? So far there are 8 novels in the series, with the 9th to be released soon. Titles are: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons, The State of the Art, Excession, Inversions, Look to Windward and Matter.