The shortest section of the poem, “Death by Water” describes a man, Phlebas the Phoenician, who has died, apparently by drowning. The hundredth idiot, whose plan succeeded through pure luck, is immediately convinced he’s a genius. Even before the war, its standing and its image within the Culture had been ambiguous. O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you. This article is an overview of one of my favourite writers in the Science Fiction genre. Chance.

Everybody did.

“I had nightmares I thought were really horrible until I woke up and remembered what reality was at the moment.”. Consider Phlebas Quotes Showing 1-30 of 67. The very way you think places you among its enemies. My friends are so mad that they do not know how I have all the high quality ebook which they do not! If one is not ultimately predictable, then of course that’s all it can be. form, mimics other literary forms (parables, biblical stories, etc.) The Gzilt, a civilization that joined Culture ten thousand years ago, has decided to Sublime, leaving behind ‘the Real’ and take up residence in higher dimensions. Trumble, quote from Don't Let Me Go, ― Eve Ensler, quote from I am an Emotional Creature, ― Sarah Ban Breathnach, quote from Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. A Culture special agent, Djan Seriy Anaplian, who is a princess of an early-industrial society on a huge artificial planet, setup by an ancient long-dead species, learns that her father and brother have been killed and decides to return to her homeworld. But because I choose to do it, it gives me pleasure. ― Iain M. Banks, quote from Consider Phlebas, “That is the way with all of your kind… It is how you are made; you must all strive to claw your way over the backs of your fellow humans during the short time you are permitted in the universe, breeding when you can, so that the strongest strain survive and the weakest die. But then, as she knew too well, the more fondly we imagine something will last forever, the more ephemeral it often proves to be. more via texts, memes and sound bytes, short but profound quotes from books have become ― Iain M. Banks, quote from Consider Phlebas, “Neeporlax presented something of a contrast.” ― Iain M. Banks, quote from Consider Phlebas, “Special Circumstances had always been the Contact section’s moral espionage weapon, the very cutting edge of the Culture’s interfering diplomatic policy, the elite of the elite, in a society which abhorred elitism. Nothing can happen because if something happens, in fact if something can happen, then it doesn’t represent eternity. My wiping this table gives me pleasure. They had their communist Utopia.

so many fake sites.

Something in your voice tells me we approach the question of remuneration. Like. Dorolow asked Horza. Gradually,”

What’s one more meaningless act of violence on that zoo of a planet?It would be appropriate.When in Rome; burn it. It considered itself too civilized and sophisticated to hate its enemies; instead it tried to understand them and their motives, so that it could out-think them and so that, when it won, it would treat them in a way which ensured they would not become enemies again. “All of it dust now, all of their precious humanoid civilization ground to junk under glaciers or weathered away by wind and spray and rain and frozen ice - all of it. that we have the best of both worlds at BookQuoters; we read books cover-to-cover but Us with our busy, busy little lives, finding no better way to pass our years than in competitive disdain. - quote by on YourDictionary. The Culture has interfered in the development of a race known as the Chelgrians, with disastrous consequences. Of course, if all I did was wipe tables, then of course it would seem a mean and despicable waste of my huge intellectual potential. Apparently I am what is known as an Unreliable Narrator, though of course if you believe everything you’re told you deserve whatever you get. You are all on your own side.”

― Iain M. Banks, quote from Consider Phlebas, “Look on the happy side, think of the good things. This one has an interesting narrative structure with chapters describing the current mission of a Culture special agent, Cheradenine Zakalwe, born and raised on a non-Culture planet, alternate with chapters that describe in reverse chronological order earlier missions, and the traumatic events that made him who he is.

How could such glacial slowness even be called life? Only the interactions count (there is no problem with free will here; that’s not incompatible with believing your actions define you). Quote by T.S.

All reality seemed to hinge on those infinitesimal bundles of meaning. The narrator asks his reader ― Iain M. Banks, quote from Consider Phlebas, “The swirling mist lay in the bottom of such great bowls like a broth of dreams.” For some of us a quote becomes a mantra, a goal or a When she returns, she finds a far deeper threat. Welcome back. The war had to be the Mind’s idea; it was part of their clinical drive to clean up the galaxy, make it run on nice, efficient lines, without waste, injustice or suffering. The nature of the belief wasn’t totally irrelevant—along with the person’s background and upbringing, it might tell you something about what had gone wrong with them—but you didn’t take their views seriously.”

He knew all the answers.

And anyway” – the man laughed – “people die; stars die; universes die.

Insult, like many such feelings, is experienced in the soul of the person addressed; it is not something that can be granted or withheld by the person doing the addressing. What is any achievement, however great it was, once time itself is dead? It considered itself too civilized and sophisticated to hate its enemies; instead it tried to understand them and their motives, so that it could out-think them and so that, when it won, it would treat them in a way which ensured they would not become enemies again. ― Iain M. Banks, quote from Consider Phlebas, “Behind it, still expanding, still radiating, still slowly dissolving in the system to which it had given its name, the unnumbered twinkling fragments of the Orbital called Vavatch blew out toward the stars, drifting on a stellar wind that rang and swirled with the fury of the world’s destruction.”

But would any of the others learn? Trumble, quote from Don't Let Me Go, “How come we have money to kill but no money to feed or heal? When the fake behaved exactly like the real, why treat it as anything different? The series is what I imagine a space-faring human civilization will hopefully evolve into – a benevolent culture encouraging all humans to work towards realizing their potential, made up of different species co-existing on Galaxy spanning star systems and their planets, but also in artificially created Orbitals and run by all-knowing artificial intelligence Minds, Drones and General Systems Vehicles (space ships with funny and memorable names like Of Course I Still Love You* or Funny, It Worked Last Time, All Through With This Niceness And Negotiation Stuff) the size of entire worlds, and that can evacuate planets should the need arise. Told from the point of view of an Idiran agent, Bora Horza Gobuchul who is chasing after a Culture Mind that has taken refuge in a forbidden Schar’s world, and who in turn is being chased by Special Circumstances agent Balveda with the drone Unaha-Closp mixed up with both. pages, Rating: Quotes from Consider Phlebas. The fools in the Culture couldn’t see that one day the Minds would start thinking how wasteful and inefficient the humans in the Culture themselves were.”, “They sought to take the unfairness out of existence, to remove the mistakes in the transmitted message of life which gave it any point or advancement...”, “Besides, it left the humans in the Culture free to take care of the things that really mattered in life, such as sports, games, romance, studying dead languages, barbarian societies and impossible problems, and climbing high mountains without the aid of a safety harness.”, “That is the way with all of your kind… It is how you are made; you must all strive to claw your way over the backs of your fellow humans during the short time you are permitted in the universe, breeding when you can, so that the strongest strain survive and the weakest die.