This is a list of spacecraft found in the Culture novels and short stories by Iain M. Most ships in this list are members of The Culture, the hybrid society featured in many of these novels.
In this setting, each Culture ship, and some others, is also an artificial intelligence with a distinctive personality.
The Not Invented Here is usually termed an MSV, but is also referred to as an actual GSV twice (Genar-Hofoen is told that the NIH was a GSV by Tishlin, and he subsequently refers to it as a GSV even after knowing that it is now an MSV), while towards the end of the book it is referred to as an LSV by the Sleeper Service and in authorial narration.
The Desert class was originally a GSV class that was demoted to MSV as Culture ship sizes grew.Some ships' names hint at their purpose, but in a way that is not clear until near the end of the book.For example, Sleeper Service is a sleeper agent whose cover is a suspended animation "sleeper service".If you have files that are too large to email, use Giga Size to share them with your friends in a quick and easy way! Special features for Chrome, Fire Fox & Opera users!