Consider Phlebas

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 ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748109994

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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

The Culture Series of Iain M Banks

2. The. Culture. Militant. Consider. Phlebas. By 1987, when the rewritten
Consider Phlebas saw publication, Iain Banks was an established literary figure
in non-genre circles. He'd also become fairly well known as the kind of writer who
was ...

Author: Simone Caroti

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476620407

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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This critical history of Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels covers the series from its inception in the 1970s to the The Hydrogen Sonata (2012), published less than a year before Banks’ death. It considers Banks’ origins as a writer, the development of his politics and ethics, his struggles to become a published author, his eventual success with The Wasp Factory (1984) and the publication of the first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas (1987). His 1994 essay “A Few Notes on the Culture” is included, along with a range of critical responses to the 10 Culture books he published in his lifetime and a discussion of the series’ status as utopian literature. Banks was a complex man, both in his everyday life and on the page. This work aims at understanding the Culture series not only as a fundamental contribution to science fiction but also as a product of its creator’s responses to the turbulent times he lived in.

The Power of Words 2

... Scottish Consider Phlebas 1987 The Player of Games 1988 Use of Weapons
1990 Excession 1996 Inversions 1998 Look to Windward 2000 Matter 2008
Surface Detail 2010 The Hydrogen Sonata 2012 Tad Williams, American
Tailchaser's ...

Author: Stilovsky

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1728399041

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 338

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Literature of all kinds plays such an important place in our lives whether it’s biography, classics, crime or poetry. In this non-fiction volume you will find a mine of facts which will fascinate all who love books. Felix Schrödinger and Pyotr Stilovsky have compiled in this, the fifth volume of the series, a compendium of information that will appeal to all who love language and especially those who seek out knowledge for its own sake.

To be Continued

... Art critics Genre : Family Saga ; Historical Fiction Subjects : Wine and wine
making ; Farm life Banks , lain Barke , James 52 . 1 . Consider Phlebas . St .
Martins , 1988 . 2 . Use of Weapons . Bantam , 1992 . The Idirans believe they are
in ...

Author: Merle Jacob

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 364

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This guide identifies both in-print and out-of-print works of fiction featuring continuing themes, plots or characters in which there is a sense of development and passage of time. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author and are accompanied by bibliographic information.

Look To Windward

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 ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748110038

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 411

The seventh Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, eight hundred years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq'. The light from the second may not. 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

Scottish Writers Talking 2

He was one of three relatively new arrivals on the Scottish fiction scene , the
other two being Ronald Frame and Frederic Lindsay . It was a successful ... I had
enjoyed the science fiction novel Consider Phlebas ( 1987 ) , and would go on ...

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: John Donald

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 207

View: 651

These long interviews with very different Scottish writers do not aim at the topical, but to produce a thoughtful window on each writer's mind and work. Recorded at intervals over 16 years, they go at the writer's chosen pace. Writers relish them. Naomi Mitchison had not met anyone who'd read so much of her work for many years, and she enjoyed the discussion. Iain Crichton Smith incorporated the conversation seamlessly into his ceaseless exploration of life, art, beliefs and poetry. Bernard MacLaverty was his endlessly amusing self, causing interviewer hilarity while giving a reasonably serious account of his writing career which will fascinate readers of his latet novel, The Anatomy School, though the interview was many years ago. Iain Banks told of a young writer coming to publication, from the shadow of the Forth Bridge to frustrations in London, but at last to The Wasp Factory, and Alan Spence was entertaining and enlightening as well as funny on subjects from his boyhood in Govan and his introduction to meditation, to his work for the theatre.

The Algebraist

As complex, turbulent and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, this novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Orbit

ISBN: 0748110054

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 901

A superb standalone novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a master of modern science fiction. It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars. Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of - part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony - Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer - a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known. As complex, turbulent and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, this novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale. Praise for Iain M. Banks: '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

The Hydrogen Sonata

The tenth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405512849

Category: Fiction

Page: 364

View: 467

The tenth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilisation. An ancient people, organised on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilisations: they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilisation are likely to prove its most perilous. 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

Whitman to the present

Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheels and look to windward , Consider
Phlebas , who was once handsome and tall as ... as the culmination of this part
man , but note also the " wheel of the of the poem , is not an accident " whirlpool (
II .

Author: Sculley Bradley

Publisher:

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Category: American literature

Page:

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Waterstone s Guide to Books

HARD AND SOFT SF the antiheroic space opera Consider Phlebas . His other
novels ... £2 . 95 SF has two traditional styles - hard and soft . The Hard writers
concentrate on scientific extrapolation and its adventurous uses . Its great
promoter ...

Author: Waterstone & Co

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780951258989

Category: Books

Page: 1658

View: 968


Excession

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 ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748110003

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 240

The fifth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back. 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

The Columbia Granger s Index to Poetry in Anthologies

Author: Tessa Kale

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 2376

View: 267

Features 85,000 classic and contemporary poems by 12,000 poets. This work covers such anthologies as "The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry"; "The Oxford Book of American Poetry"; "The New Anthology of American Poetry", "The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry"; and "The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature."

Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers

Author: Rebecca L. Thomas

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 710

View: 983

Presents librarians and teachers with information on more than seven hundred fiction series for children in middle school and high school, providing annotations, a listing of titles, important characters, genre, author biography, and major themes.

Anatomy of Wonder

... II - 69 The Wind from Nowhere , II - 67 Balmer , Edwin After Worlds Collide , Il -
70 Balsamo , Anne Technologies of the Gendered Body , 9 - 17 Banks , Iain M (
enzies ) Against a Dark Background , II - 71 Consider Phlebas , II - 72 Excession
 ...

Author: Neil Barron

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 995

View: 773

This classic work is an essential tool for collection development, research, reference, and readers' advisory work."--BOOK JACKET.

Kirkus Reviews

LC : 87 - 33086 SBN : 385 - 23313 - 2 A prequel to the Foundation trilogy , the
young Asimov ' s compelling , pulpish , celebrated fall - of - galactic - empire yarn
. For fans of ... Banks , lain M . CONSIDER PHLEBAS St . Martin ' s $ 18 . 95 5 / 3
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Category: American literature

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Adult books are categorized by genre (i.e., fiction, mystery, science fiction, nonfiction). Along with bibliographic information, the expected date of publication and the names of literary agents for individual titles are provided. Starred reviews serve several functions: In the adult section, they mark potential bestsellers, major promotions, book club selections, and just very good books; in the children's section, they denote books of very high quality. The unsigned reviews manage to be discerning and sometimes quite critical.

The State Of The Art

The first ever collection of Iain M. Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art.

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748110070

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 391

The first ever collection of Iain M. Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent. 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

Matter

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 ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748110046

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 616

The eighth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter. 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

The Corporation Wars Insurgence

The first book in Iain M. Banks's seminal science fiction series, The Culture.

Author: Ken MacLeod

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316363707

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 194

Ken MacLeod continues the Corporation Wars trilogy in this action-packed science fiction adventure told against a backdrop of interstellar drone warfare, virtual reality, and an A.I. revolution. And the ultimate pay-off is DH-17, an Earth-like planet hundreds of light years from human habitation. Ruthless corporations vie over the prize remotely, and war is in full swing. But soldiers recruited to fight in the extremities of deep space come with their own problems: from A.I. minds in full rebellion, to Carlos 'the Terrorist' and his team of dead mercenaries, reincarnated from a bloodier period in earth's history for one purpose only - to kill. But as old rivalries emerge and new ones form, Carlos must decide whether he's willing for fight for the company or die for himself.

Jim Kobak s Kirkus Reviews

95 2 / 22 SBN : 312 - 02630 - 7 Following Consider Phlebas ( 1988 ) , another
distant - future yarn featuring the Culture - a tolerant , relaxed , moneyless
civilization unobtrusively directed by superintelligent machine Minds . Jernau
Gurgeh is ...

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Category: American literature

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975 1991

2 . CRYSTAL WARRIORS ( William R. Forstchen & Greg Morrison ) Dancing vac .
( 1990 ) 1 . 2 . The crystal warriors . ... Consider Phlebas . ( 1987 ) 2 . The player
of games . ( 1988 ) 3 . The state of the art . ( 1989 ) 4 . Use of weapons .

Author: R. Reginald

Publisher: Detroit : Gale Research

ISBN:

Category: Authors

Page: 1512

View: 606

Science fiction constitutes one of the largest and most widely read genres in literature, and this reference provides bibliographical data on some 20,000 science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction books, as well as nonfiction monographs about the literature. A companion to Reginald's Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, 1700-1974 (Gale, 1979), the present volume is alphabetically arranged by approximately 10,000 author names. The entry for each individual work includes title, publisher, date and place published, number of pages, hardbound or paperback format, and type of book (novel, anthology, etc.). Where appropriate, entries also provide translation notes, series information, pseudonyms, and remarks on special features (such as celebrity introductions). Includes indexes of titles, series, awards, and "doubles" (for locating volumes containing two novels). Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.