Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel (Culture series Book 1)

October 3, 2019 - Comment

**Soon to be adapted as a major TV series** The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could

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**Soon to be adapted as a major TV series**

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, to actually find it – and with it their own destruction.

Consider Phlebas is a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination, from a modern master of science fiction.

Praise for the Culture series:

‘Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution’ Independent on Sunday

‘Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future’ Guardian

‘Jam-packed with extraordinary invention’ Scotsman

‘Compulsive reading’ Sunday Telegraph

The Culture series:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Excession
Inversions
Look to Windward
Matter
Surface Detail
The Hydrogen Sonata

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
The Algebraist

**Soon to be adapted as a major TV series**

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, to actually find it – and with it their own destruction.

Consider Phlebas is a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination, from a modern master of science fiction.

Praise for the Culture series:

‘Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution’ Independent on Sunday

‘Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future’ Guardian

‘Jam-packed with extraordinary invention’ Scotsman

‘Compulsive reading’ Sunday Telegraph

The Culture series:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Excession
Inversions
Look to Windward
Matter
Surface Detail
The Hydrogen Sonata

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
The Algebraist

Comments

Anonymous says:

If Iain (M) Banks had only ever written this one book… …then he would still be the greatest writer of the space opera sub-genre of sci-fi ever. Real characters, a completely thought through milieu, command of dramatic tension and above all great humanity and warmth set him in a different league from the rest. This is the first published Culture novel and it was a stroke of genius to introduce the series from the viewpoint of an outsider, actually an enemy. The only downside is that once you’ve read him, you never find anyone else remotely as good.

Anonymous says:

Iain M Banks faberge egg The novel has a split format alternating two tracks and a density to his imagined universe (which he was presenting for the first time so maybe he felt he had to embody his vision more than in later novels) – these do eventually coalesce but keeping track of this makes the reading of this book a bigger investment than any of his other Culture novels. When the story arc completes though I dont think any other culture novel comes close to the sheer satisfaction of seeing such a huge complicated…

Anonymous says:

A very mixed bag I am reading all of Iain (M) Banks Culture novels (again), they do bear repeat viewing.This novel introduces the concept of the Culture which is why I’ve marked it slightly higher than I think it deserves. The main protagonist is a an unlikeable character whose hatred for the Culture just never rings true ( and once you’ve read further Culture novels his view of the Culture is even more unsustainable).Before getting to the meat of the story there are a number of…

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