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|Re: Consider Phlebas|
|Posted By: eva05||Date: 3/15/00 6:42 p.m.|
In Response To: Consider Phlebas (Xian)
Consider Phlebas, in fact most of Banks sci-fi books, deal with truuly alien cultures vs. the CULTURE (which for all intense purposes can be considered humanity). I think the biggest links to the Halo universe, and this is all speculation of course, are the Idrians are religious fanatics fighting against the CULTURE which is based on a symbiotic relationship with technology. Minds, AIs, for the most part govern the CULTURE as well. The Idrians are brutally efficient and don't consider their enemies worthy of any pity...
Sort of rings very true when you think about the Covenant transmit some religious message to the terrans and then exterminate them.
There is also of course the ending where Banks illustrates in detail how murderous the Idrians can be when cut loose on their enemies or anyone who gets in their way. There is also the element of the planet having a "mind" of sorts...perhaps this will be the secret of Halo?
As for dark endings I'm rooting for Halo to be one game among thousands that has a dark ending. Maybe the good ending is you self destruct the ring and kill everything preventing the aliens finding sol-core. Or perhaps your character undergoes dramatic change into a darker less human character like Kurtz in "The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad.
Certainly violence/torture should be an element if you're men are captured by Covenant soldiers and vice versa. Especially in guerilla warfare type ops. A good book for some insights into true special operations is "Twilight Warriors" by Martin C. Arostegui.
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