Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks

Iain Menzies Banks (officially Iain Banks, 1954-2013) was a Scottish writer. Iain Banks read English literature, philosophy and psychology at Stirling University. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Fife.

Banks sprang to public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Since then, Banks has gained great popular and critical acclaim. The Times has acclaimed Iain Banks ”the most imaginative British novelist of his generation”. As Iain M. Banks he writes science fiction and as Iain Banks he writes literary fiction. Much of Banks's science fiction deals with a vast interstellar civilisation, the Culture.

Updated December 7, 2022
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Books by Iain M. Banks
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Series by Iain M. Banks

The Culture (11 books)

Speculative Fiction Books

(The Culture #9 / 9)
2012 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture #8 / 9)
2010 | science fiction, space opera
2009 | science fiction
(The Culture #7 / 9)
2008 | science fiction, space opera
2004 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture #6 / 9)
2000 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture #5 / 9)
1998 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture #4 / 9)
1996 | science fiction, space opera
1994 | science fiction
1993 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture)
1991 | science fiction, space opera, short stories
(The Culture #3 / 9)
1990 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture)
1989 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture #2 / 9)
1988 | science fiction, space opera
(The Culture #1 / 9)
1987 | science fiction, space opera
1986 | fantasy, mainstream
1985 | science fiction, mainstream
1984 | horror, mainstream