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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  

Consider Phlebas

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The first ‘Culture’ novel; one written with breath taking imagination and set in the middle of a galaxy spanning war with a huge range of characters. In the ‘Culture’ sentient computer ‘Minds’ control everything and in the middle of a long bitter war one has to take refuge on a neutral planet and its rescue is paramount.

If you like Iain M. Banks you might also like to read books by David Brin, David Wingrove and Christopher Brookmyre.

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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Within the cosmic conflict, there was an individual crusade: deep within a fabled labyrinth lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it.

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, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction. Consider Phlebas - a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination.

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Poetic, humourous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more * NME * There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness * THE TIMES * Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a perculiarly gnarly energy and elegance * William Gibson *


About the Author

Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream (published under the name Iain Banks) and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.

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Banks’ Culture series, of which this the latest instalment, is space opera at its exuberant best: adventures and conflicts on a galactic scale, alien races by the dozen, non-stop action, a gallery of sharply-edged characters in search of the truth and racing against time. All the ingredients are perfectly stirred to provide first class entertainment and science fiction at its most stirring. Makes STAR WARS look simplistic.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th April 1988

Author

Iain M. Banks

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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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ISBN

9781857231380

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