The Culture Series (also known as the Culture Cycle) is a collection of science fiction novels by Iain M Banks. The stories all center around a utopia of various humanoid races called The Culture which is managed by a number ofvery advanced artificial intelligences.
The main running theme is the dilemma that the idealistic group faces when dealing with other civilisations that to not share the sames ideal, goals and sometimes exhibit very different behavior.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
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