Consider Phlebas

Consider Phlebas

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

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316095839

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.
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Consider Phlebas

Consider Phlebas

Author: Iain Banks

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0708837077

Category: Space warfare

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Iain M Banks

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: 0356502090

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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.
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Papers in Linguistics

Papers in Linguistics

Inc. At without the balancing phrases on both sides of the im erative : Consider Phlebas sounds at best incomplete , if not like a warning from the pulpit . xii ) with the first vocative phrase : Gentile or Jew , consider Phlebas Not ...

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Papers in Linguistics Monograph Series

Papers in Linguistics Monograph Series

xi ) without the balancing phrases on both sides of the imperative : Consider Phlebas .... sounds at best incomplete , if not like a warning from the pulpit . xii ) with the first vocative phrase : Gentile or Jew , consider Phlebas Not ...

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Foundation

Foundation

Individuality , the thing which most humans held more precious than anything else about themselves , was somehow cheapened by the ease with which a Changer could ignore it as a limitation and use it as a disguise ( Consider Phlebas , pp ...

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Dharma World

Dharma World

The call is a universal one ; the metaphor of control is the wheel : Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look to windward , Consider Phlebas , who was once handsome and tall as you . Mr. Raine has rightly emphasized the ...

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ISBN: UVA:X030289571

Category: Buddhism

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Current Trends in Stylistics

Current Trends in Stylistics

A suggestion of balance ? of an underiying princiçle , a construct , continually modified , continually elaborate i ? Gentile or Jew Oy who turn the wheel and lock to windward , consider Phlebas , who was once handsome and tall as you .

Author: Braj B. Kachru

Publisher: Edmonton ; Carbondale : Linguistic Research

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036135460

Category: Language and languages

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Novels by Iain M Banks

Novels by Iain M  Banks

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

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Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 1230612157

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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, ..
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He Do the Police in Different Voices

He Do the Police in Different Voices

Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look to windward , Consider Phlebas , who was once handsome and tall as you . Consider Phlebas ( Diegesis ) Pound had attempted to save at least some of the story that originally made up the ...

Author: Calvin Bedient

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ISBN: UOM:39015011618520

Category: Persona (Literature)

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Line-by-line analysis of T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland--Cover.
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