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.


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Edited Darkki April 6, 2021
Books by Iain M. Banks
The Wasp Factory 6.44   29
Walking on Glass 7.36   33
The Bridge 9.26   4
Consider Phlebas (The Culture #1) 7.88   85
The Player of Games (The Culture #2) 8.12   78
The State of the Art 7.50   4
Use of Weapons (The Culture #3) 8.12   70
The State of the Art 7.44   9
Against a Dark Background 8.88   8
Feersum Endjinn 7.80   10
Excession (The Culture #4) 9.10   11
Inversions (The Culture #5) 8.34   9
Look to Windward (The Culture #6) 7.92   58
The Algebraist 7.22   64
Matter (The Culture #7) 8.46   11
Transition 7.72   38
Surface Detail (The Culture #8) 7.96   60
The Hydrogen Sonata (The Culture #9) 9.30   10

Speculative Fiction Novels (18)

(The Culture #9)
2012 | science fiction > space opera
(The Culture #8)
2010 | science fiction > space opera

2009 | science fiction
(The Culture #7)
2008 | science fiction > space opera

2004 | science fiction > space opera
(The Culture #6)
2000 | science fiction > space opera
(The Culture #5)
1998 | science fiction > space opera
(The Culture #4)
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)
1990 | science fiction > space opera
(The Culture)
1989 | science fiction > space opera
(The Culture #2)
1988 | science fiction > space opera
(The Culture #1)
1987 | science fiction > space opera

1986 | fantasy, mainstream

1985 | science fiction, mainstream

1984 | horror, mainstream

Others non-spefi books (2)

(The Culture)
2022 | non-fiction | Release date TBA
(The Culture)
2022 | non-fiction | Release date TBA