Iain Banks

Bestselling Scots novelist who sadly passed away in June, 2013.

Iain Banks

Biography

Date of birth: 16 February 1954

Date of death: 9 June 2013

Scottish author Iain Banks, or Iain M. Banks when writing Science Fiction, is popularly known for his first novel The Wasp Factory, published in 1984.

Known by legions of Science Fiction fans for creating the Culture cycle series, Iain Banks could have made just as much of an impact on the publishing landscape if he'd stuck with writing mainstream Fiction. It's really very good. Sensational, darkly funny and often compulsively disturbing, a reader of Iain Banks is a happy reader.

In June 2013 Iain Banks died shortly after the announcement that he had terminal cancer. Fans and friends are able to leave their condolences on friends.banksophilia.com. We think we can safely say his books will stand the test of time.

Book and writing awards

British Science Fiction Association Award 1996 (Excession) and Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for Foreign Novel 1991 (The Bridge)

Similar authors

Ian McEwan, Irvine Welsh, Alasdair Gray and Will Self.

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The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory

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'Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to...
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Books by Iain Banks

The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 27/06/2013
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3 out of 5

'Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year... Read more

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Walking on Glass

Walking on Glass (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 07/02/2013
Publisher: Abacus

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Her eyes were black, wide as though with some sustained surprise, the skin from their outer corners to her small ears taut. Her lips were pale, and... Read more

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The Bridge

The Bridge (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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The man who wakes up in the extraordinary world of a bridge has amnesia, and his doctor doesn't seem to want to cure him. Does it matter? ... Read more

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Espedair Street

Espedair Street (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Daniel Weir used to be a famous - not to say infamous - rock star. Maybe still is. At thirty-one he has been both a brilliant failure and a dull... Read more

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Canal Dreams

Canal Dreams (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Hisako Onoda, world famous cellist, refuses to fly. And so she travels to Europe as a passenger on a tanker bound through the Panama Canal. But... Read more

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The Crow Road

The Crow Road (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/02/2013
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From its bravura opening onwards, THE CROW ROAD is justly regarded as an outstanding contemporary novel. 'It was the day my grandmother... Read more

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Complicity

Complicity (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 07/02/2013
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COMPLICITY n. 1. the fact of being an accomplice, esp. in a criminal act A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy for... Read more

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Whit

Whit (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 27/06/2013
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A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing...Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God... Read more

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The Business

The Business (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Kate Telman is a senior executive officer in The Business, a powerful and massively discreet transglobal organisation. Financially transparent,... Read more

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Dead Air

Dead Air (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Iain Banks' daring new novel opens in a loft apartment in the East End, in a former factory due to be knocked down in a few days. Ken Nott is a... Read more

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The Steep Approach to Garbadale

The Steep Approach to Garbadale (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 05/12/2013
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Dark family secrets and a long-lost love affair lie at the heart of Iain Banks's fabulous new novel. The Wopuld family built its fortune on a... Read more

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Transition

Transition (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 01/07/2010
Publisher: Abacus

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Imagine a world that is one of infinite parallel worlds, that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, the dismantling of the Wall and the... Read more


Stonemouth (Paperback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 03/01/2013
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3 out of 5

Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though... Read more

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The Quarry

The Quarry (Hardback)

by Iain Banks

Format: Hardback 336 pages
Published: 20/06/2013
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4 out of 5

Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy... Read more

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Iain M. Banks: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons

Iain M. Banks: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons

by Iain M. Banks

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Published: 04/10/2012
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CONSIDER PHLEBAS The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced... Read more

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Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel

Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 14/04/1988
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The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction,... Read more

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The Player of Games

The Player of Games (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 10/08/1989
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The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The... Read more

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Use of Weapons

Use of Weapons (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 26/03/1992
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The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture... Read more

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The State of the Art

The State of the Art (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 27/05/1993
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The first ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking... Read more

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Excession

Excession (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 15/05/1997
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Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It... Read more

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Inversions

Inversions (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 27/05/1999
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IIn the winter palace, the King's new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than... Read more

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Look to Windward

Look to Windward (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 02/08/2001
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It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now,... Read more

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Matter

Matter (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 656 pages
Published: 05/02/2009
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In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe... Read more

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Surface Detail

Surface Detail (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 640 pages
Published: 26/05/2011
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It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a... Read more

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The Hydrogen Sonata (Paperback)

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Paperback 640 pages
Published: 10/09/2013
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The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilisation. An ancient people, organised on military principles and... Read more

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