concrete abuse of text

marain

I’ve added some marain subtitles to a few pages, mostly in homage to Iain Banks, who died too young. There’s no anniversary, so far as I know, I just took the opportunity.

I wanted to temporarily use a language that isn’t found on arts & ego. I looked at invented languages, considered Unwinese, then fell into marain. I love Banks’ novels, he created the script for those novels, so it felt right.

I couldn’t have shown marain were it not for some productive Culture fans, whose real names I shamefully do not know. They include conlanger56, who designed the marain font used here, and comradelenin456, whose unofficial dictionary & notes allowed me to translate a few words. I thank them, and other netizens of The Culture.

If you’ve not done so, go read Banks’ novels, whether straight or scifi. They’re utterly worth the effort.


marain was created for The Culture novels, & is © the estate of Iain Banks. The font is © 2018 conlanger56.