Consider Phlebas (The Culture, Book 1) by Iain M. Banks

By Iain M. Banks

The warfare raged around the galaxy. Billions had died, billions extra have been doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, confronted destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for his or her religion; the tradition for its ethical correct to exist. rules have been at stake. There should be no give up. in the cosmic clash, anyone campaign. Deep inside a fabled labyrinth on a barren international, a Planet of the lifeless proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive brain. either the tradition and the Idirans sought it. It was once the destiny of Horza, the Changer, and his motley staff of unpredictable mercenaries, human and desktop, truly to discover it, and with it their very own destruction. think about Phlebas - an area opera of beautiful energy and striking mind's eye.

Show description

Read or Download Consider Phlebas (The Culture, Book 1) PDF

Similar science fiction books

Evolution's Darling

"Does a clone have a soul? " Darling, an astronavigational keep an eye on unit and private better half, achieves sentience and desires to understand. Now, two hundred years and a synthetic physique later, he's off looking for a lifeless artist, a dwelling paintings, and the forces in the back of a secret that spans the universe.

The Saliva Tree

Brian Aldiss’s Nebula Award profitable novella The Saliva Tree

Tatooine Ghost (Star Wars)

Retail ePub

Han Solo and Leia Organa take middle degree, and attractive revelations from the previous play a serious function in shaping the long run, because the manhattan instances bestselling writer of superstar Wars: the recent Jedi Order: celebrity through celebrity now turns to a very important bankruptcy within the vintage big name Wars saga.

The deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, and victory on the conflict of Endor certainly not spelled the tip of the Empire. within the aftermath, the recent Republic has confronted a continuing fight to outlive and develop. And now a brand new risk looms: a masterpiece of Alderaanian art--lost in transit after the planet's destruction--has resurfaced at the black marketplace. provided at public sale, it's going to command a good-looking rate . . . yet its maximum worth lies within the important mystery it conceals--the key to a code used to speak with New Republic brokers deep undercover in the Empire. Discovery of the foremost via Imperial forces may spell sure catastrophe. the best choice is recovery--and Han, Leia, Chewbacca,. ..

The Memory of Whiteness

In 3229 A. D. , human civilization is scattered one of the planets, moons, and asteroids of the sun process. Billions of lives depend upon the know-how derived from the breakthroughs of the best physicist of the age, Arthur Holywelkin. yet within the final years of his existence, Holywelkin committed himself to development a wierd, appealing, and intricate musical tool that he referred to as The Orchestra.

Additional resources for Consider Phlebas (The Culture, Book 1)

Example text

Not really," Rathere answered. "That was an accident. " Rathere told the story about the slow climb of the digits on the Turing meter, about the chopper and his money, his lead-lined box. Halfway through Rathere's tale, the woman made a carefully worded call. Despite the hospital staff's best intentions, the door behind which her father waited unaware was opened at exactly the wrong moment; Isaah turned to face Rathere as policemen surrounded and restrained him, and then the door whisked shut.

Not when. Not even who. That must have been one bad EM pulse, Doctor. Plane crash? Tach storm? " Another four hours later, Torvalli turns to the small, olive-skinned woman in dark-as-night clothes. "I can't believe it. They're the same. Exactly the same. " She crosses her legs, looks uncomfortable for a moment. "That's what we found as well. " "It's ghastly! He's been copied! It's almost as if he were mere code. Do you know what this means? " she interrupts. "Yes. Two point three-seven-five. Exactly the same.

The AI noted, modeled, and predicted the next reaction in the pattern of her pleasure, and a second later was surprised at the intensity of its own. Rathere ran her hands through the skein as if through a lover's tresses. She playfully pulled a few strands up to her mouth, tasting the metal tang of its exotic alloys. The strands tickled her tongue lightly, and a wet filament tugged from her mouth to trace a spiraling design around one nipple. Her mouth opened greedily to gather more of the skein.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.73 of 5 – based on 46 votes