Consider Phlebas

Author : Iain M. Banks
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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 - a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination.
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Bedenke Phlebas

Author : Iain Banks
ISBN : 9783641117672
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In ferner Zukunft haben die Maschinen entschieden, eine perfekte Gesellschaft zu bauen. Eine Gesellschaft, die alle intelligenten Spezies der Galaxis vereinen soll. Doch nicht alle wollen sich dieser Gesellschaftsform unterwerfen ... Der Formwandler Bora Horza Gobuchul bekommt den Auftrag, eine hochentwickelte künstliche Intelligenz, die sich auf Schars Welt zurückgezogen hat, zu finden und gefangen zu nehmen, damit sie der KULTUR nicht in die Hände fällt. Ihm dicht auf den Fersen ist die schöne Agentin Perosteck Balveda. Schars Welt ist ein Planet der Toten und wird von einem mächtigen Wesen bewacht, das nur Schutzsuchenden und Schiffbrüchigen Zugang gewährt. Für Horza verschwimmen zunehmend die Grenzen zwischen seiner und der Identität der Personen, deren Aussehen er annimmt ...
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Novels By Iain M Banks

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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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The Culture

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 44. Chapters: 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, Culture series, List of species, List of ships, Ship types, Mind, Special Circumstances, Matter, Surface Detail, GSV Sleeper Service, 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, collectively called the Culture series. 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, with Earth being contacted around AD 2100, though the Culture had...
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The Culture Boxed Set

Author : Iain M. Banks
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CONSIDER PHLEBAS. The war raged across the galaxy. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. 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. 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. 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. Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life -- and very possibly his death. 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 and 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 lost cause. But not even its machine could see the horrors in his past.
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Exzession

Author : Iain Banks
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Eine Reise an die Grenzen des Vorstellbaren In einem entlegenen Sektor des Weltraums taucht eines Tages ein rätselhaftes Artefakt auf – eine riesige schwarze Kugel, die sich allen Kontaktversuchen verweigert. Messungen ergeben, dass das Objekt tausend Milliarden Jahre alt sein muss, älter also als unser Universum. Doch wie ist das möglich? Und wer oder was steckt dahinter?
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Ein Geschenk Der Kultur

Author : Iain Banks
ISBN : 9783641164492
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Kultur ist nicht alles ... Was passiert mit denen, die der KULTUR den Rücken zukehren? Worbik, ein ehemaliger KULTUR-Bewohner, entscheidet sich freiwillig für ein Leben in einer weit weniger fortschrittlichen Zivilisation und kommt dennoch nie ganz von der KULTUR los, wie die titelgebende Story dieses Sammelbandes zeigt. Bereits 1977 fand die erste KULTUR-Mission zur Erde statt – und löste eine Debatte über die Menschheit aus. Ist die Erde nun ein Paradies, oder sollte diese „unbestreitbar neurotische und nachweislich geisteskranke Spezies“ auf dem Planeten lieber ausgelöscht werden? Diese und weitere Geschichten, nicht alle davon im KULTUR-Universum angesiedelt, sind in diesem Sammelband erschienen.
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The Culture Series Of Iain M Banks

Author : Simone Caroti
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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.
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F Rchtbar Maschien

Author : Iain Banks
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Der letzte Ausweg Die meisten Menschen haben die Erde verlassen, als sie erkannten, dass das Sonnensystem eine Dunkelwolke durchqueren und die Erde von der aufgeblähten Sonne verschlungen werden würde. Geblieben sind ein paar Menschenabkömmlinge, einige in virtueller, andere in biologischer Form. Schließlich wird auch ihnen klar, dass sie die Katastrophe nicht überdauern können. Nun suchen sie ratlos in den uralten Resten einstiger Größe nach einer rettenden Möglichkeit: der „förchtbar Maschien“. Aber die technische Zivilisation ist längst zu Staub zerfallen, und die Funktionen ihrer seltsamen Relikte sind nur schwer zu greifen ...
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Unendlichkeit

Author : Alastair Reynolds
ISBN : 9783641056223
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Was geschah auf Resurgam? Auf einem Bergarbeiterplaneten mit lebensfeindlicher Umwelt werden bei archäologischen Forschungen Artefakte einer untergegangenen Kultur entdeckt. Schon bald zeigt sich, dass die Erschaffer der Artefakte, die Amarantin, damit eine Katastrophe heraufbeschworen hatten, die sie selbst vernichtet hat, bevor sie die Raumfahrt entwickeln konnten. Zufall? Oder wollte jemand den Aufbruch ins All verhindern? Die Wissenschaftler wollen die Wahrheit hinter der Katastrophe aufdecken, doch sie bekommen es mit mächtigen Gegnern zu tun, denn die Relikte der verschwundenen Zivilisation führen an die Grenzen von Raum und Zeit – und darüber hinaus.
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