By Iain M. Banks
The struggle raged around the galaxy. Billions had died, billions extra have been doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, confronted destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for his or her religion; the tradition for its ethical correct to exist. ideas have been at stake. There might be no surrender.
Within the cosmic clash, somebody campaign. Deep inside of a fabled labyrinth on a barren global, a Planet of the lifeless proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive brain. either the tradition and the Idirans sought it. It was once the destiny of Horza, the Changer, and his motley group of unpredictable mercenaries, human and desktop, truly to discover it, and with it their very own destruction.
Consider Phlebas - an area opera of beautiful energy and amazing mind's eye.