My entry for the Barbican's Science Fiction competition.
"Never forget I am not this silver body, Mahrai. I am not an animal brain, I am not even some attempt to produce an AI through software running on a computer. I am a Culture Mind. We are close to gods, and on the far side." "I fully intend to spend the rest of my existence here as Masaq's Hub, forever keeping an eye to windward for approaching storms and just generally protecting this quaint circle of fragile little bodies and the vulnerable little brains they house" - First draft of a print I am working on for the Barbicans Sci-fi competition. From Ian M Banks' "Look to Windward"