‘Consider Phlebas’

(Above: Artist’s impression of an Orbital from the Culture, setting for ‘Consider Phlebas.’ Credit: Hill – Giuseppe Gerbino)

Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks’ first novel about an interstellar utopian society called the Culture, will become an Amazon Prime series.

Amazon did not provide an anticipated premiere date.

The book, which depicts “a highly advanced and progressive society (that) ends up at war with the Idirans, a deeply religious, warlike race intent on dominating the entire galaxy,” is being adapted by British writer/producer Dennis Kelly.

Consider Phlebas follows “Horza, a rogue agent tasked by the Idirans with the impossible mission of recovering a missing Culture ‘Mind,’ an artificial intelligence many thousands of times smarter than any human—something that could hold the key to wiping out the Culture altogether.”

Said Kelly: “Far from being the dystopian nightmares that we are used to, Banks creates a kind of flawed paradise, a society truly worth fighting for—rather than a warning from the future, his books are a beckoning.”

Brad Pitt’s company Plan B Entertainment is producing. The Estate of Iain Banks serves as executive producer. (Banks passed away in 2013 at the age of 59.)

Should Consider Phlebas find Game of Thrones-like success, Kelly will have plenty of source material from which to draw. The Culture series includes 10 books.

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