|Author||Iain M. Banks|
Consider Phlebas is Iain M. Banks' first novel in the Culture series.
Set in 1331 CE, the novel follows Bora Horza Gobuchul, a male Changer who works as a special agent for the Idiran Empire in the opening stage of the Idiran-Culture War (1327-1375). Horza is ordered by the Idirans to capture a prototype Culture Mind which has become stranded on Schar's World, a planet inaccesible to all except Changers. Along the way, he joins a crew of space mercenaries and joins them in their exploits. Throughout the book he works to evade and outwit his archrival Perosteck Balveda, a Special Circumstances agent charged with returning the Mind to the Culture.
In February 2018, Amazon Studios announced that it had acquired the rights to Consider Phlebas and would be adapting it into a show exclusive to the Amazon streaming service. The script was to be penned by British television writer Dennis Kelly and the program produced by the American company Plan B Entertainment. It was cancelled in August 2020, with the estate stating the "timing wasn't quite right."
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