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Matter

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In Matter, Iain M. Banks revisits his ”galactic meta-civilisation,” the Culture, focusing on a medieval-ish world’s two imperiled princes and their sister, who split long ago and became a Culture operative.

Movie Pitch
A Star Trek ”Prime Directive” episode meets The Lord of the Rings.

Lowdown
Trippy geography and climactic techno-mayhem can’t fully offset the slog through pseudo-Tolkien territory. B