He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative, and exciting writers of his generation. The culture series is a science fiction series written by scottish author iain m. The scottish author iain banks famously led a double life in publishing. Iain banks was educated at the university of stirling where he studied english literature, philosophy and psychology. One of elon musks favorite scifi authors will release a posthumous art book entropy magazine iain m. Books by iain m banks authors like iain m banks what should i read next register for free to build your own book lists. Banks, whose culture novels have made him one of science fictions leading lights, has created a utopian universe where altruistic. Bankss father was an officer in the admiralty and his mother was once. The plot revolves around the idiranculture war, and banks takes us through multiple levels in the conflict.
Use of weapons is a science fiction novel by scottish writer iain m. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name iain banks and science fiction as iain m. For the rest of his career literary novels would alternate with works of science fiction, the latter appearing under the name iain m banks the m standing for menzies. Bankss father was an officer in the admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater. The culture novels are a series of science fiction novels written by iain banks under the notably transparent pseudonym iain m. Iain banks 16 february 1954 9 june 20 was a scottish writer who alternated between straight fiction as iain banks and science fiction as iain m. Books by iain m banks authors like iain m banks what. Click on the book cover below for more information on that title. Im a massive fan of iain m banks culture universe and kim stanley robinsons red mars. His first science fiction book, consider phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular the. Banks takes the reader through the imaginings of a truly wondrous player of games, where we see banks love of life transformed into a love of all life.
He used this as his pen name for science fiction and goes by iain banks for some of his books. Amazon studios announced this morning its acquired the global television rights to the first novel. I really enjoy his science fiction it gets a bit more political than banks, but is still humanist. Banks, adding his middle initial, to differentiate between his regular literary fiction and his science fiction novels. Open university lecturer in creative writing derek neale talks to author iain banks about genre, in particular the genres he writes in. Banks sweeping culture sciencefiction book series finally has a video home. Iain banks on the genre of science fiction 46 youtube. Its a benign take on the concept of a galactic empire at least on the surface, a postscarcity future in which humanitys every desire, from b. Following the publication and success of the wasp factory 1984, banks began to write. The thirteen sf novels that followed inspired an avid fandom and intense intellectual engagement while bankss mainstream books vaulted him to the top of the scottish literary scene.
Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name menzies. Banks when i was in san francisco, swing dancing with a woman, who recommended him to me during a twirl. The writer iain banks, who has died aged 59, had already prepared his. Clarke award, locus poll award, prometheus award and hugo award. Iain m banks near his home by the forth bridge photograph. Amazons next big tv series is based on iain bankss. He is perhaps best known for his the culture series of books. Some of his booksthe ones published under the name iain bankswere sold to readers as literature, and shelved as such in bookstores.
It was his first science fiction novel published, writing under the pen name iain m. Author iain m bankss complete list of books and series in order, with the. He came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, the wasp factory, in 1984. Banks is the author of ten science fiction novels and one short fiction collection. He was listed by the times as one of the 50 greatest british writers according to his entry in the encyclopedia of science fiction, although differences in register can be detected between the two forms of his name, as a whole. He gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Following the publication and success of the wasp factory, banks began to write on a fulltime basis.
Banks 195420 has had on science fiction, particularly in the uk. Iain banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, the wasp factory, in 1984. Iain banks is a scottish novelist who writes science fiction as iain m. Banks latest novel, surface detail, is a grand addition to his longrunning science fiction series known as the culture novels, named after the sprawling civilization which dominates his. He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative, and exciting writers. One of them, iain banks, was best known for his classic, frequently macabre works of contemporary scottish fiction, the other, iain. Banks received a varied number of awards during his long career, this including the british science fiction association award, the locus poll award and the premio italia science fiction award.
Banks popular culture series for a potential tv show. This author also published science fiction under the pseudonym iain m. I suggest ken macleod hes a contemporary and friend of iain banks. Consider phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name iain m. Iains first science fiction novel consider phlebas was released in 1987, shortly before he moved back to scotland, eventually moving back to fife, iaian currently resides in north queensferry. The novels are all set in different years, around different main characters, but they are set in the same universe. The culture series is an undisputed classic of modern science.
Popular scottish science fiction author, iain menzies banks, who also writes mainstream fiction under the name iain banks no m, has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer, and according to. Science fiction revenge humanalien encounters caste composers utopias space warfare conspiracy life on other. Sign up to our emails to be the first to know about new releases, the latest news from iain m banks, and take part in exclusive subscriber competitions and surveys. Bankss consider phlebas helped trigger the british renaissance of radical hard science fiction and influenced a generation of new space opera masters. He did not write scifi and literary novels he was a master of storytelling that combined both. Iain banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his. Clarke award and the prometheus award to mention but a few. It is less well known that his first published work was the poem 041, in new writing scotland in 1983. Of course, the first novel in the culture series is among the best iain banks books. Some of these accolades include british science fiction association award, arthur c. Iain banks 1954 20 was a scottish writer who alternates between straight fiction as iain banks and science fiction as iain m.
Paul kincaid it is almost impossible to fully express the influence that scottish author iain m. Bringing his epic space opera into closer focus, this book examines banks far. In april of 20 the popular scottish author iain banks was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer. Iain banks is celebrated as a novelist and science fiction writer. While i appreciate fantasy in space like star wars as much as the next guy, thats not what im after right now. The stories centre on the culture, a utopian, postscarcity space society of humanoids, aliens, and advanced artificial intelligences living in socialist habitats spread across the milky way galaxy. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name iain banks, and science fiction as iain m.
Scifi writer iain banks talks surface details hell. Few sciencefictional settings are as intriguing as the one created across the nine novels and one novella that comprise iain m. This makes it a good starting point for the iain m banks neophyte, and also the first book i recommend to non science fiction readers curious about the genre. Iain banks 16 february 1954 9 june 20 was a scottish author. If you create a free account and sign in, you will be able to customize what is displayed. The culture series written by scottish author iain m.
His friend and fellow science fiction writer ken macleod recounted an. Banks was born on february 16, 1954 in fife, scotland. Iain banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, the wasp factory, in 1984. Iain banks was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the gallbladder and died at the age of 59 in the summer of 20. After the publication and success of the wasp factory 1984, banks began to write on a fulltime basis. Id suggest starting with the fall revolution series star fraction, stone canal, cassini division, sky road. Banks was one of the most celebrated and respected science fiction authors of all time. Banks biography iain menzies banks was born in fife in 1954, and was educated at stirling university, where he studied english literature, philosophy and psychology. Banks is a pseudonym of iain banks which he used to publish his science fiction.
What are the other radical leftist science fiction writers. Iain writes both contemporary and science fiction using iaian backs for his contemporary work and iain m banks for his science fiction novels. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, the wasp factory, in 1984. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of. Amazon has acquired the rights to adapt the first installment of iain m. Like the poems that appeared within his novels, this was selected from the man.632 1544 580 191 1013 365 364 383 1552 719 167 1069 1609 767 234 1604 231 1390 1449 573 480 1290 1269 1076 81 854 1473 451 1604 1215 421 717 1069 809 1216 285 173