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Iain Banks

(Iain Menzies Banks)
Scotland (1954 - 2013)

aka Iain M Banks

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial acclaim with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. However, it was his 1987 novel CONSIDER PHLEBAS which introduced his remarkable talent to the SF community, and also saw the addition of the 'M' to his name - an addition which remains a distinguishing feature of his SF work. Described by William Gibson as 'a phenomenon ... wildly successful, fearlessly creative', he was acknowledged as one of the Best of Young British Writers in 1993.

He died of cancer on the 9th June 2013, three weeks after finishing his final novel.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror
Non fiction
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2010) : Transition

Books about Iain Banks
Iain Banks recommends
The Cormorant (1986)
Stephen Gregory
"Intelligent and well-written ... which brings to mind the poetry of Ted Hughes."
White Queen (1991)
(Aleutian, book 1)
Gwyneth Jones
"A triumph in the depiction of otherness..."
The Tooth Fairy (1996)
Graham Joyce
"A modern parable of loss and maturity.deft, canny and highly readable."
Light (2002)
(Light, book 1)
M John Harrison
"Light is Brilliant."
Preferred Lies (2006)
Andrew Greig
"Poignant, wise and funny, as well as exquisitely written... A book about golf about much more than golf."
Belonging (2006)
Ron Butlin
"An assured, beautifully written novel."

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