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Amazon has bought the television rights for the first science fiction novel by Scottish author Iain Banks.

Consider Phlebas will be adapted for the small screen with the help of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company.

The story, first published in 1987, is the first of Banks’ novels to feature the Culture, an interstellar utopian society.

The estate of Iain Banks, who died from cancer aged 59 in 2013, will be an executive producer for the series.

The story of Consider Phlebas centres on the character of Horza, who is tasked with recovering a missing Culture “Mind” – an artificial intelligence many thousands of times smarter than any human being.

Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios said: “The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen.

“We are honoured that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make Consider Phlebas into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”

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