Iain M. Banks' novel Consider Phlebas helped recharge the genre of space opera, and launched the Culture series. And now you can read it for just 99 cents.
Consider Phlebas is Orbit Books' latest $.99 ebook deal for the month of April. It's a great way to get into the universe of the Culture, and a terrific introduction to Banks' writing in general. (It was the first Banks novel I ever read, and it made me hunt down all his other work obsessively. Phlebas also made me start reading science fiction in general, after a lapse, and made me want to write in the genre myself.)
And don't forget — we're going to be discussing Banks' novel Surface Detail in the io9 book club for May, starting May 3. So now's a perfect time to start becoming a Culture aficionado. (And here's our primer about the Culture.) [Orbit ebooks]