Consider Phlebas by Iain M. BanksConsider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Consider Phlebas

byIain M. Banks

Paperback | April 14, 1988

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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.
Iain 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 and his science fiction novels.
Title:Consider PhlebasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 1.5 × 5 × 7.75 inPublished:April 14, 1988Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1857231384

ISBN - 13:9781857231380

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Space Opera I had heard a lot of praise of Banks from other SF fans. I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. There are tech ideas that are rarely seen in other stories but they are only the background for a strong character driven story told from an unusual viewpoint. There's a war on, but there's no easy deciding on which side is right. The main character is the same.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Sci Fi I found this book a bit hard to read. But if you stick with it, you'll find one of the coolest universes created. Extremely detailed, interesting tech and ideas. Where it lacks in character development, it makes up for in world building and damn cool action scenes. Plus you'll see where Bioware got a lot of ideas for Mass Effect.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A strange universe It is common for people who read regularly to dismiss science fiction as a preserve of poor writers and derivative ideas. Unfortunately, this is usually accurate. However, Iain M. Banks is a conventional fiction author of some renown as well as one of the few excellent science fiction authors. This is arguably his best work. The universe surrounding Consider Phlebas is logical, comprehensible and does not reflect one man's view of utopia. Even more important to this book is that the environment does not control the story. This is a character driven tragedy. The main character is a shape shifter of sorts, there are intelligent machines, racist aliens, voracious cannibals among others. There are very few science fiction books that qualify as good fiction. This is one of them...
Date published: 2000-12-09

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Poetic, humourous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more-NME