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.

”For any lover of a good story well told, a new book by Iain Banks is always a treat. Imagination, wit and complexity are his hallmarks.” (Sunday Express)

Other novels as Iain Banks

Espedair Street (1987)
Canal Dreams (1989)
The Crow Road (1992)
Complicity (1993)
Whit (1995)
A Song of Stone (1997)
The Business (1999)
Dead Air (2002)
Raw Spirit (a travelogue of Scotland and its whisky distilleries, 2003)
The Steep Approach to Garbadale (2007)
Stonemouth (2012)
The Quarry (2013)


Official website.
Iain Banks. Wikipedia.

Photo: Ian M. Banks at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Picture taken by Szymon Sokół.

Edited by 2014-06-06 (Seregil of Rhiminee)
Speculative Fiction Novels (18)
2012  The Hydrogen Sonata (The Culture, #9)
(science fiction > space opera)
2010  Surface Detail (The Culture, #8)
(science fiction > space opera)
2009  Transition
(science fiction)
2008  Matter (The Culture, #7)
(science fiction > space opera)
2004  The Algebraist
(science fiction > space opera)
2000  Look to Windward (The Culture, #6)
(science fiction > space opera)
1998  Inversions (The Culture, #5)
(science fiction > space opera)
1996  Excession (The Culture, #4)
(science fiction > space opera)
1994  Feersum Endjinn
(science fiction)
1993  Against a Dark Background
(science fiction > space opera)
1991  The State of the Art (The Culture)
(science fiction > space opera, short stories)
1990  Use of Weapons (The Culture, #3)
(science fiction > space opera)
1989  The State of the Art (The Culture)
(science fiction > space opera)
1988  The Player of Games (The Culture, #2)
(science fiction > space opera)
1987  Consider Phlebas (The Culture, #1)
(science fiction > space opera)
1986  The Bridge
(fantasy, mainstream)
1985  Walking on Glass
(science fiction, mainstream)
1984  The Wasp Factory
(horror, mainstream)

Others non-spefi books (1)
2021  The Culture: Notes and Drawings (The Culture)
Release date - October 14, 2021