Consider Phlebas

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316095834

Category: Fiction

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The first book in Iain M. Banks's seminal science fiction series, The Culture. Consider Phlebas introduces readers to the utopian conglomeration of human and alien races that explores the nature of war, morality, and the limitless bounds of mankind's imagination. 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

War rages across the galaxy. Billions have died and billions more are doomed. Deep within a fabled labyrinth lies a fugitive Mind, sought by both the Culture and the Idirans. Followed by "The player of games". 1998. (The Culture ; 1).

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War rages across the galaxy. Billions have died and billions more are doomed. Deep within a fabled labyrinth lies a fugitive Mind, sought by both the Culture and the Idirans. Followed by "The player of games". 1998. (The Culture ; 1).

Consider Phlebas Special Edition

Author: Banks I

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN: 9780333454305

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Novels by Iain M Banks

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Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230612157

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 47. Chapters: The Culture, Consider Phlebas, Excession, Idiran-Culture War, Orbital, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons, The State of the Art, Look to Windward, Diziet Sma, Inversions, Feersum Endjinn, Against a Dark Background, Culture series, List of species, List of ships, Ship types, Mind, Special Circumstances, Matter, Surface Detail, GSV Sleeper Service, The Algebraist, The Sublimed, Bora Horza Gobuchul, GCU Grey Area, Contact, GSV Bora Horza Gobuchul, Perosteck Balveda. Excerpt: The Culture is a fictional interstellar anarchic, socialist, and utopian society created by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks which features in a number of science fiction novels and works of short fiction by him. The Culture is characterized by being a post-scarcity society (meaning that its advanced technologies provide practically limitless material wealth and comforts for everyone for free, having all but abolished the concept of possessions), by having overcome almost all physical constraints on life (including disease and death) and by being an almost totally egalitarian, stable society without the use of any form of force or compulsion, except where necessary to protect others. Minds, powerful artificial intelligences, have an important role to play in this society. They administer this affluence for the benefit of all. As one commentator has said, The novels of the Culture cycle, therefore, mostly deal with people at the fringes of the Culture: diplomats, spies, or mercenaries; those who interact with other civilizations, and who do the Culture's dirty work in moving those societies closer to the Culture ideal, sometimes by force. In this fictional universe, the Culture exists concurrently with human society on Earth. The time frame for the published Culture stories is from roughly AD 1300 to AD 2800, ..

Iain M Banks

Gurgeh, a champion game player, travels a hundred thousand light years to the Empire of Azad, where the winner of their complex game becomes emperor.

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Orbit Books

ISBN: 9780356502090

Category: Fiction

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CONSIDER PHLEBAS 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. USE OF WEAPONS The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors in his past. THE PLAYER OF GAMES The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game ... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

The Culture Series of Iain M Banks

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 always Up To Something, always working to
 ...

Author: Simone Caroti

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476620407

Category: Literary Criticism

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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 Tundra and Other Poems

Gentile orJew/Oyou whoturn the wheel and look to windward,/Consider Phlebas,
whowas once talland handsome as you.”(From T.S.E.'s poem“Dans le Restaurant
”, aboutan old, dirty waiter, who remembers amoment of delight as a child with ...

Author: Theodore Lyons

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 146910895X

Category: Poetry

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THE TUNDRA AND OTHER POEMS features a modern epic loosely based on The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, as well as poems based on the lives and achievements of numerous authors.

Stories about Stories

Another sort of slippage allows Eliot to bring in Jews in lines that link Mr.
Eugenides to the drowned Phlebas: “Gentile or Jew/O you who turn the wheel
and look windward,/Consider Phlebas, who was once tall and handsome as you”
(lines ...

Author: Brian Attebery

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199379319

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Myth is oral, collective, sacred, and timeless. Fantasy is a modern literary mode and a popular entertainment. Yet the two have always been inextricably intertwined. Stories about Stories examines fantasy as an arena in which different ways of understanding myth compete and new relationships with myth are worked out. The book offers a comprehensive history of the modern fantastic as well as an argument about its nature and importance. Specific chapters cover the origins of fantasy in the Romantic search for localized myths, fantasy versions of the Modernist turn toward the primitive, the post-Tolkienian exploration of world mythologies, post-colonial reactions to the exploitation of indigenous sacred narratives by Western writers, fantasies based in Christian belief alongside fundamentalist attempts to stamp out the form, and the emergence of ever-more sophisticated structures such as metafiction through which to explore mythic constructions of reality.

The Complete Critical Assembly

Now, under the impenetrable pseudonym Iain M. Banks, he's burst out of the
closet with Consider Phlebas (Macmillan 471pp £9.95), which is unashamed
space opera. Watch for the chorus of 'Rubbish!' from critics who gave Banks the ...

Author: David Langford

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1587153300

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

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Young Eliot

There drowning brings forgetting of 'profit and loss', and a concluding memento
mori invites 'Gentile or Jew' to 'Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and
tall as you'.106 Classing himself among the 'neurasthenics' by September, Tom ...

Author: Robert Crawford

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429951761

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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A groundbreaking new biography of one of the twentieth century's most important poets On the fiftieth anniversary of the death of T. S. Eliot, the award-winning biographer Robert Crawford presents us with the first volume of a comprehensive account of this poetic genius. Young Eliot traces the life of the twentieth century's most important poet from his childhood in St. Louis to the publication of his revolutionary poem The Waste Land. Crawford provides readers with a new understanding of the foundations of some of the most widely read poems in the English language through his depiction of Eliot's childhood—laced with tragedy and shaped by an idealistic, bookish family in which knowledge of saints and martyrs was taken for granted—as well as through his exploration of Eliot's marriage to Vivien Haigh-Wood, a woman who believed she loved Eliot "in a way that destroys us both." Quoting extensively from Eliot's poetry and prose as well as drawing on new interviews, archives, and previously undisclosed memoirs, Crawford shows how the poet's background in Missouri, Massachusetts, and Paris made him a lightning rod for modernity. Most impressively, Young Eliot reveals the way he accessed his inner life—his anguishes and his fears—and blended them with his omnivorous reading to create his masterpieces "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and The Waste Land. At last, we experience T. S. Eliot in all his tender complexity as student and lover, penitent and provocateur, banker and philosopher—but most of all, Young Eliot shows us as an epoch-shaping poet struggling to make art among personal disasters.

Rounding the Mark

But, like the reader exhorted by Eliot in his lines on Phlebas, the drowned
Phoenician in “Death by Water”— “Gentile or Jew / O you who turn the wheel and
look to windward, / Consider Phlebas . . .”—Montalbano would keep on thinking
of that ...

Author: Andrea Camilleri

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 144062285X

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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“You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven’t read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction, blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood — altogether transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano.” A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window Two seemingly unrelated deaths form the central mystery of Rounding the Mark. They will take Montalbano deep into a secret world of illicit trafficking in human lives, and the investigation will test the limits of his physical, psychological, and moral endurance. Disillusioned and no longer believing in the institution he serves, will he withdraw or delve deeper into his work?

C Day Lewis

Gentile or Iew 0 you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas,
who was once handsome and tall as you 'IV. Death By Water': The Waste Land (
1922)15 Day—Lewis is making a literary allusion to a poem noted for its literary ...

Author: Peter Stanford

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441120564

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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How unfair', wrote one national newspaper in 1951, 'that accomplishments enough to satisfy the pride of six men should be united in Mr Day-Lewis.' Poet, translator of classical texts, novelist, detective writer (under the pen-name Nicholas Blake), performer and, at that time, Professor of Poetry at Oxford, C Day-Lewis had many careers all at once. This first authorised biography tells the private story behind the many headlines that this handsome, charming Anglo-Irish Poet Laureate generated in his lifetime. With unparalleled access to Day-Lewis's archives and the recollections of first-hand witnesses, Peter Stanford traces the link between life and art to reassess the work of a poet lauded in his lifetime but whose literary reputation has latterly become a matter of controversy with Westminster Abbey refusing him the place in Poets' Corner traditionally allotted to Poets Laureate. Day-Lewis first made his name as one of the 'poets of the thirties', launching a communist-influenced poetic revolution alongside WH Auden and Stephen Spender that aspired to spark wholesale political change to face down fascism. In the 1940s, 'Red Cecil', as he had become known, broke with communism and Auden and went on to produce some of his most popular and enduring verse, prompted by his long love affair with the novelist, Rosamond Lehmann. Torn between her and his wife, he reflected on his double life in verse and became for some the supreme poet of the divided heart. Later, with his second wife, the actress Jill Balcon, he promoted poetry with a series of popular recitals and radio and television programmes. Together, they had two children, Tamasin and Daniel, later an Oscar-winning actor. Day-Lewis was always pulled between a fulfilling domestic life and a restless desire to explore. His travels, his exploration of his Irish roots and his infidelities are all part of the rich and many-faceted life that Peter Stanford describes. It is, however, as a poet that he is best remembered, and the poetry itself, often autobiographical, forms an integral part of this intriguing and long-overdue biography.

The Waste Land 1972

Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look to windward , Consider
Phlebas , who was once handsome and tall as you . If Eliot had provided
epigraphs from Dickens for all the sections of The Waste Land , he might well
have put above ...

Author: Helen Gardner

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719005404

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Following Hadrian

Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead, Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep
sea swell And the profit and loss. ... Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and
look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.

Author: Elizabeth Speller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883157

Category: History

Page: 361

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One of the greatest--and most enigmatic--Roman emperors, Hadrian stabilized the imperial borders, established peace throughout the empire, patronized the arts, and built an architectural legacy that lasts to this day: the great villa at Tivoli, the domed wonder of the Pantheon, and the eponymous wall that stretches across Britain. Yet the story of his reign is also a tale of intrigue, domestic discord, and murder. In Following Hadrian, Elizabeth Speller captures the fascinating life of Hadrian, ruler of the most powerful empire on earth at the peak of its glory. Speller displays a superb gift for narrative as she traces the intrigue of Hadrian's rise: his calculated marriage to Emperor Trajan's closest female relative, a woman he privately tormented; Trajan's suspicious deathbed adoption of Hadrian as his heir, a stroke some thought to be a post-mortem forgery; and the ensuing slaughter of potential rivals by an ally of Hadrian's. Speller makes brilliant use of her sources, vividly depicting Hadrian's bouts of melancholy, his intellectual passions, his love for a beautiful boy (whose death sent him into a spiral), and the paradox of his general policies of peace and religious tolerance even as he conducted a bitter, three-year war with Judea. Most important, the author captures the emperor as both a builder and an inveterate traveler, guiding readers on a grand tour of the Roman Empire at the moment of its greatest extent and accomplishment, from the barren, windswept frontiers of Britain to the teeming streets of Antioch, from the dangers of the German forest to the urban splendor of Rome itself.

Scottish Miscellany

... isn't just known for its scientific thinkers and inventors either; there is also a
thriving literary tradition, and a number of books that are today considered
classics were written by Scottish authors. ... Banks—Consider Phlebas, The Crow
Road 5.

Author: Jonathan Green

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1616080639

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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Why is the tartan so important? What is worn under a kilt? How much ofthe story in Braveheart is real? How do you make haggis?

The Year s Best Science Fiction Thirty First Annual Collection

... 59, authorofthe influential SFnovel series aboutthe farfuture society known
asthe Culture, suchas Consider Phlebas, ThePlayer ofGames, andUse of
Weapons,as well as standalone SFnovels such asFeersum Endjin and The
Algebraist, and, ...

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466865296

Category: Fiction

Page: 752

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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year's best short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

Beyond Cyberpunk

Banks, Ian M. Consider Phlebas. New York: Bantam, 1991. Barnett, P. Chad. “
Reviving Cyberpunk: (Re)Constructing the Subject and Mapping Cyberspace in
the Wachowski Brothers' Film The Matrix.” Extrapolation 41.4 (2000): 359–74.
Barr ...

Author: Graham J. Murphy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136973176

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

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This book is a collection of essays that considers the continuing cultural relevance of the cyberpunk genre into the new millennium. Cyberpunk is no longer an emergent phenomenon, but in our digital age of CGI-driven entertainment, the information economy, and globalized capital, we have never more been in need of a fiction capable of engaging with a world shaped by information technology. The essays in explore our cyberpunk realities to soberly reconsider Eighties-era cyberpunk while also mapping contemporary cyberpunk. The contributors seek to move beyond the narrow strictures of cyberpunk as defined in the Eighties and contribute to an ongoing discussion of how to negotiate exchanges among information technologies, global capitalism, and human social existence. The essays offer a variety of perspectives on cyberpunk’s diversity and how this sub-genre remains relevant amidst its transformation from a print fiction genre into a more generalized set of cultural practices, tackling the question of what it is that cyberpunk narratives continue to offer us in those intersections of literary, cultural, theoretical, academic, and technocultural environments.

Everything That Rises Must Converge

Her memento moriis no less authentic for being often hilarious, devastating to a
secular world and allit cherishes. The O'Connor equivalent for Eliot's drowned
Phoenician sailor(“Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall asyou”)
is ...

Author: Flannery O'Connor

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466829036

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.

T S Eliot s Personal Waste Land

"Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you"; "These fragments I
have shored against my ruins." These and other fragments lodged themselves
deep in my psyche, and no doubt shaped my vision of experience, of the world.

Author: James E. Miller

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271038056

Category: Literary Criticism

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Contemporary British Novelists

... (addingthe initialofhis middlenameto his identity),hehas alsogained
enormoussuccess inscience fiction, pleasing ahuge audience ofthe
demandingfans of that genre with novels inhis socalled 'Culture' series—
Consider Phlebas (1987), The ...

Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134604696

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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Featuring a broad range of contemporary British novelists from Iain Banks to Jeanette Winterson, Louis de Bernieres to Irvine Welsh and Salman Rushdie, this book offers an excellent introductory guide to the contemporary literary scene. Each entry includes concise biographical information on each of the key novelists and analysis of their major works and themes. Fully cross-referenced and containing extensive guides to further reading, Fifty Contemporary British Novelists is the ideal guide to modern British fiction for both the student and the contemporary fiction buff alike.