Consider Phlebas to get Screen Adaptation

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo’s announces via a tweet that the classic Space Opera will be screen on its streaming service.

Whenever the screen adaptation of Consider Phlebas hits Amazon Prime’s streaming service, it will mark only the second time I have solely purchased a platform (in this instance a subscription to Amazon Prime) in order to enjoy a product. Ironically the first time also featured a ringworld when I bought the original Xbox so I could play Halo.

Consider Phlebas is the brainchild of author Iain M Banks and is Space Opera at it’s best. Humanity lives amongst a myriad of other species in a pan-galactic utopian society called the Culture, governed by almost godlike AI characters called Minds, who are the true stars of the series. These Minds are wrapped up in ships ranging in scale from small vessels with minimal or no crew, to ‘Plate’ class vessels which are fully formed habitats complete with millions of (human) souls aboard. Each Mind will have its own distinctive personality reflected in the Minds self chosen name. Of Course I Still Love You, is an example of one, which Tesla CEO – Elon Musk named his Space X booster recovery platform after. Sometimes these minds will manifest themselves through Avatars in order to better interact with humans, but often as not they are more than content to converse through neural implants.

I’ve mentioned Consider Phlebas in a previous post on the top 10 books dealing with immortality/ longevity. Though the topic is not explored in too much detail in the first of the Culture series novels (all of them stand alone series set in different periods of times in different parts of the galaxy), humanity’s average lifespan is close to 400 years.  In perhaps what could be considered the embodiment of transhumanism, medicine is so advanced that people can change appearance, glands (for a quick fix or to enhance other aspects) and even gender to the point where it is common place for people to live through lifetimes (by our standards) as male or female, fathers and mothers. As outlandish as this concept sounds, it actually has some value when we consider what the effect of longevity may do to an individuals mental health ie. the ability for meaningful change in the way we live our day to day lives and network with society.

If you can’t wait for the screen adaptation and are looking for a good read, I highly recommend this book and any of the other eight culture novels.

Are you a Culture fan… how would you like to see the adaptation? A standalone film or part of a series?

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