CONSIDER PHLEBAS. London: Macmillan, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. Copy 159 of 176 numbered copies signed by Banks. "Conflict between two dystopian cultures, one Islamic, the other communist. First of his novels of the Culture, few of which have explicitly utopian content but can collectively be seen as utopian." - Sargent, British and Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-72. A fine copy in fine dust jacket and slipcase. (#168127).
"First published 1987 ..." on copyright page.