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    summary Consider Phlebas Iain M. Banks Ü 9 characters read & download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ü Iain M. Banks Welcome to another edition of 'Notable Genre Author Fails to Impress Some Guy on the Internet' I'll be your host some guy Like so many highly lauded authors featured here Banks has been haunting my shelf for uite some time now Coun

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    [E–book] Consider Phlebas And today mine is going to be unpopular But remember the advice from 9th grade Advanced English teacher Mrs Muench about metaphors Or maybe I mean false euivalency Regardless you are not what you like If I dislik

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    read & download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ü Iain M. Banks Iain M. Banks Ü 9 characters [E–book] Consider Phlebas Many discerning readers even ones who like SF will reflexively sneer if you say the dreaded words space opera One need only think of EE Doc Smi

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    read & download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ü Iain M. Banks Iain M. Banks Ü 9 characters summary Consider Phlebas Consider Iain M Banks an unsentimental often ruthless writer his characters are provided robust emotional lives and richly detailed backgrounds all the better to punish the reader when those characters meet their often bleak fates his narratives are ornate affairs elaborately designed full of small meaningful moments as well as huge wide sc

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    summary Consider Phlebas [E–book] Consider Phlebas I can't really say much other than Iain Banks has become my #1 favorite Sci Fi author I love the way he fleshes out flawed believable characters in a Space Opera setting I'm always surprised by his writing and that

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    [E–book] Consider Phlebas Iain M. Banks Ü 9 characters summary Consider Phlebas Posted at HeradasIn my introductory essay on Iain Banks and the Culture Caledonian Antisyzygy and the Principle of Charity I mention that he approached fiction with a certain kind of duality representing and considering ideologies and viewpoints antagonistic with one another In Consider Phlebas his first published novel in the series he takes this to an extreme showing us the Culture almost entirely from an an

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    [E–book] Consider Phlebas Two stars is about rightVoltaire said something like the best is the enemy of the good okay he actually said le mieux est l'ennemi du bien But what is really annoying is that the coulda been good is disappointing than the mehBanks clearly has a great deal of imagination If he was able to discipline himself he'd have some four star stuff going on here easily — maybe betterBut he fritters away his energy on irr

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    [E–book] Consider Phlebas Iain M. Banks Ü 9 characters This is the second Culture book I read but the first one Iain M Banks wrote One of us did something wrong because I liked The Player of Games

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    [E–book] Consider Phlebas Iain M. Banks Ü 9 characters read & download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ü Iain M. Banks There are some motives and ideas that pop up in all of Banks' works In this his first culture novel I want to mention some of them His background in philosophy and psychology enabled him to combine Sci Fi with really deep criticism regarding the human past presence and future No matter if it was the dark medie

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    [E–book] Consider Phlebas summary Consider Phlebas It’s not you it’s meI’ve got to watch out for space operas I will either buy in early or I just won’t And then I’m staring at 400 pages of ehhIt’s too bad I really liked the idea and Banks’ writing seemed inspired There was a cool interstellar culture called The Culture The post scarcity confederacy of differ

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Consider Phlebas free read Ð 9 The war raged across the galaxy Billions had died billions 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. Many discerning readers even ones who like SF will reflexively sneer if you say the dreaded words space opera One need only think of EE Doc Smith for a long time the unuestioned king of this particular sub genre I read Galactic Patrol when I was at primary school like innumerable other geeky nine year olds I adored it and particularly loved the Helmuth speaking for Boskone tagline I also remember how aged 12 or 13 I picked it up to see if the magic was still there Oh dear It was maybe the first time I felt embarrassed at ever having liked a book and wondered how I could have had such poor taste You will gather that he really isn t terribly goodNone the less if you love a book when you re nine it probably has something to recommend it what s great about space opera is the sense of wonder it inspires as you are taken outside our little planet and shown how huge and strange the larger Universe is As people like Kingsley Amis and Brian Aldiss have argued the roots of this kind of literature go back to imaginative ostensibly mainstream authors like Dante and Milton but the project somehow got hijacked in the early 20th century In the 1980s Iain Banks conceived the ambitious idea of redeeming the space opera and started writing the Culture series Consider Phlebas is the first one The title a uotation from The Waste Land no less lets you know at once that something important has been fixed The author presumably wanted to increase the number of people who d get as far as even opening the book Instead of Smith s dreadful prose Banks writes elegant literary English By the time you ve got a dozen pages into it you re convinced that this will at the very least be pleasant to read at the sentence level After a while you find out that he s also addressed most of the other standard problemsBanks has given interviews about the Culture novels and one aspect he likes to focus on is the politics He said he found it distasteful that galactic empires always had to be right wing military hierarchies I didn t realize it when I was nine but the basic plot in Smith is one bunch of Nazis fighting another The Culture is a interesting beast a decentralized anarchic society which consists of a loose federation of humans and intelligent machines spread out over many worlds The humans use their advanced technology to support a relaxed hedonistic life style with a lot of sex drugs and rock n roll A nice detail is that they are genetically engineered so that their bodies can synthesize their own drugs Not so far fetched our own society has plenty of endorphin junkies to mention just one hormone we regularly enjoy The machines are very well done Most space operas never really consider the fact that machines will eventually be smarter than people but Banks confronts this head on You see the Culture both from the inside and from the outside its critics tend to say that it s really run by the AIs with the people having little influence The smartest Culture machines the Minds are indeed enormously intelligent than any person could be and have almost godlike powers I see the relationship between machines and people in the Culture as being rather like the relationship between a person and their genes You re far smarter than your genes However the genes built you to take care of them and you often do what they tell you Just as a person can get into a relationship that they know makes no logical sense because their genes like the idea Banks s godlike machines also let their human partners make important decisions for them on emotional grounds Although his main purpose is to tell a story Banks is saying some uite interesting things here about the future of technology Well that s a lightning tour of the Culture universe and Consider Phlebas makes good use of it There s a war on between the Culture and the Idirans and the book is about one tiny incident in that war Neither side is presented as intrinsically good or bad the main character Horza is a spy working for the Idirans who has been assigned the job of retrieving a Mind that has been accidentally stranded on a remote planet Horza is opposed by a Culture agent there is again no attempt to show that he is morally superior and in fact she comes across in many ways as a better person We see acts of treachery and heroism on both sides and one of the things I liked is that some of the bravest and most heroic acts later turn out to have been utterly misconceived The story at first seems to be meandering around but as Horza gets closer to the Mind it tightens up and the ending is absolutely terrific and left me with an adrenaline rush and a head full of startling nightmare images I enjoyed this book as much as my nine year old self enjoyed Galactic Patrol

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Consider Phlebas free read Ð 9 Its moral right to exist Principles were at stake There could be no surrenderWithin the cosmic conflict an individual crusade Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals. Posted at HeradasIn my introductory essay on Iain Banks and the Culture Caledonian Antisyzygy and the Principle of Charity I mention that he approached fiction with a certain kind of duality representing and considering ideologies and viewpoints antagonistic with one another In Consider Phlebas his first published novel in the series he takes this to an extreme showing us the Culture almost entirely from an antagonistic point of view before giving readers a glimpse of the positives It went way over my head the first time I read it I think I didn t know how to read it exactly or even what it was Only after moving on to The Player of Games and finishing it did Consider Phlebas start to take form and make a measure of sense to me It s not without its problems but what it does well it does very well and I have to commend it Iain Banks is an incredibly nuanced subtle writer and he accomplished something uniue with Consider PhlebasThe narrative begins with a short prologue detailing the birth escape and subseuent pursuit of a Culture Mind in a rare time of war followed by a particularly grim introduction to our protagonist Bora Horza Gobuchul in which he is slowly drowning in a prison cell via sewage and waste created as a result of a banuet held in his honor It s a startling introduction and when I think back on the series as a whole one of its most striking momentsAfter that introduction the story appears to be a fairly standard space opera populated with the familiar tropes of the genre a cast of bizarre aliens strange locales and a lone protagonist with an overly simplistic moral code fighting for their life through a series of perilous adventures However when Banks is involved things are never that simple especially with regards to genre tropes Under this familiar surface Consider Phlebas is a much nuanced story The narrative is structured somewhat like a sixteenth century Spanish picaresue novel a form of episodic storytelling in which a picaroon rogue or untrustworthy anti hero rambles from place to place stumbling into situations that are ultimately used to satirize the society in which he lives By combining the form of picaresue with the notoriously conservative highly American genre of space opera Banks carved out a niche to comment on space opera and politics When it was published in 1987 Consider Phlebas is arguably the spark that initiated the New Space Opera fire effectively reinventing a long stagnant genre and taking it in a literary minded left leaning progressive direction Writers like Alastair Reynolds Ken MacLeod and Peter F Hamilton continued the change forward from there There have been several others over the years but most recently progressive American writers like John Scalzi James SA Corey and Becky Chambers have helped keep New Space Opera going well into the second decade of the twenty first century alongside the British writers that continue in that tradition Historically space opera has been a simplistic genre In fact before being adopted by publishers and fans the term space opera was used pejoratively to describe the simplicity of the drama Think soap opera Space opera protagonists usually travel around correcting wrongs and promoting an idealized version of American morality while their views and opinions were confirmed for the reader In Consider Phlebas Banks contrasts this by having Horza fight alongside the objectively in the wrong Idirans as they wage a crusade ese holy war against the Culture a post scarcity multi species utopian society run by artificially intelligent machines known as Minds The Culture are arguable the good guys For the most part the Culture keeps to themselves and does whatever they want but Contact division and within it Special Circumstances goes around interfering with other societies nudging them here and there in an effort to slowly bring them alongside the Culture s way of thinking Idirans win arguments by killing and conuering the opposition the Culture wins them by showing its opposition why its views are correct so effectively they can t help but adopt them as their own Horza despises the Culture and everything they stand for He comes from a species that is mostly extinct possibly as a result of interference in its past He doesn t believe artificial intelligence is life sees the Culture as hedonistic gluttons who take no active role in their existence sees the Idirans as the lesser of two evils and decides to fight on the side of life The enemy of his enemy is his friend Gentile or JewO you who turn the wheel and look to windwardConsider Phlebas who was once handsome and tall as you 319 321 TS Eliot The Waste Land I think Consider Phlebas operates surprising well as meta commentary on belief hubris and the politics of genre There is a lot to be discovered between the lines in this book The title itself is uoted from a line of the TS Elliot poem The Waste Land which serves as a warning against hubris and a call for historical contemplation The preceding line in the poem is also sourced for another Culture novel title Look to Windward which deals heavily with the far reaching impact of the IdiranCulture war I ll be touching on the connection between these two novels when I write about Look to Windward in the coming months They are possibly the most connected of any two in the series but the threads are still tertiary Excellent sources for these between the lines details are Simone Caroti s The Culture series of Iain M Banks A Critical Introduction as well as Paul Kincaid s Modern Masters of Science Fiction Iain M Banks These are books I ll be recommending freuently Both Caroti s and Kincaid s insights are numerous and have dramatically expanded my perspective on each of the Culture novelsConsider Phlebas is a strange introduction to and not necessarily an accurate representation of the rest of the series The main narrative while entertaining is a distraction of sorts from the interesting story happening between the lines where the book sneakily introduces the reader to the Culture by peripheral means It handles a huge amount of world building and is multilayered and complex It s one thing on your first read and something else entirely on subseuent visits It isn t the best Culture novel and will usually show up on the lower end of most fan rankingsPersonally I think it s a fantastic entry once you know what it is and how to read it It has some pacing problems in the second half and a painfully uneventful tension building 80 pages near the end but I think the lack of love it receives in contrast with the Culture novels it preceded is mostly a result of being almost universally misunderstood I find that a large chunk of its value lies in what it contributes to the experience of reading the rest of the series and I think it s a mistake to reduce or negate its contributionMy favorite sections of the book are the short state of play interlude chapters with the character Fal Ngeestra one of the handful of Culture citizens who can occasionally match the strategic intelligence of the Minds that run the Culture Her conversations with the drone Jase give us a nice introverted contemplative respite from the adventurous swashbuckling chapters of the main narrative Fal Ngeestra holds up ideas and turns them thinking about them from all angles She s able to comment on the story as it s happening almost like the narrator in Don uixote or other epic picaresue novels She serves as just a step below an omniscient point of view and our only glimpse into the proper Culture society in the book She speculates about the other characters revealing exposition about the Changer race the Idirans and the history of the Culture itself She s able to see the Culture from the perspective of the Idirans and the Idirans from Borza s perspective She thinks the way that Banks writes examining ideas from multiple sides poking holes in arguments and patching them until they re watertightWe are a mongrel race our past a history of tangles our sources obscure our rowdy upbringing full of greedy short sighted empires and cruel wasteful diasporas We are such pathetic fleshy things so short lived swarming and confused And dull just so stupid to an IdiranThe dynamic play between these different veins of Consider Phlebas truly embody Banks style of storytelling and represent the antisyzygy that underlies his writing He knows readers want the action and adventure and he delivers in strides but still finds a way to bury the soul of the story on the periphery of the chaos This is how the Culture is introduced to us hidden in the horse wheeled through the gate because it s large and exciting All that being said Consider Phlebas is a weird way to start a series If you re not feeling up for a long novel that is best and sometimes only appreciated through a close analysis of its themes and commentary for your first glimpse of a series The Player of Games can genuinely serve as a better entry point Since the Culture novels are almost entirely standalone you can cycle back to Consider Phlebas at any point after you ve read some others without missing anything particularly crucial However if you re a patient reader and can intentionally postpone gratification a little it s better to start the series here just know that the best is still to comeUp next The Player of Games my personal favorite in the series where we ll become intimately acuainted with life in the Culture Orbitals Minds Drones Contact Special Circumstances etc and of course the empire and game of Azad

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Consider Phlebas free read Ð 9 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 destructi. There are some motives and ideas that pop up in all of Banks works In this his first culture novel I want to mention some of them His background in philosophy and psychology enabled him to combine Sci Fi with really deep criticism regarding the human past presence and future No matter if it was the dark medieval time the presence or any period of the future he managed to show the flaws errors and grievances He even anticipated problems in detail that might once occur The belief in a better life for all humans by giving all important tasks to all knowing huge AI construct called the brain is something many technocrats transhumanists and futurists may see as the best option As long as the risk of human error could lead to disaster it would be reckless to let things like the ones known from history happen again The most important thing to remember both for groups and for individuals is that each human consciousness and personality could be described as or less stable mentally healthy and normal but generally rather on the unstable side Or as different hidden or obvious grades of insanity Whoever wants to say that shehe is perfectly normal just shout out loud I certainly am not I have a serious reading problem I definitively should interact much with real humans but I simply don t have any interest in it what probably motivates each so called expert to pointing with the ICD 10 Mental and behavioral disorder manual in my direction Cause I am introverted cold analytic could stay alone for months see emotions in another way than many people etc I could hit many points in the manual What about you Now after this short soul strip back to what happens if many of such naked apes come together cause they find an ideology sexy crispy and cool Yea repetition of history again So apart from the hint that we all are to a certain degree lunatic and insane without even recognizing it this warning should be considered each time one tends to integrate herhimself in any kind of group process that could run out of control About the book itself OMG read it It s the foundation of a milestone of Sci Fi something that could be used in many classes in high school and college Religious fanatism shapeshifter non intervention clauses special circumstances insectoids cannibals what do you need there is no comparable Sci Fi out thereTropes show how literature is conceived and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue

  • Paperback
  • 471
  • Consider Phlebas
  • Iain M. Banks
  • English
  • 08 January 2020
  • 9781857231380