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Iain M Banks

A pseudonym used by Iain Banks

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.

Genres: Science Fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Iain M Banks
Short stories
Cleaning Up (1987)
Descendant (1987)
A Gift from the Culture (1987)
Scratch (1987)
Road of Skulls (1988)
Odd Attachment (1989)
Piece (1989)

Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (1991) : Use of Weapons
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : Excession
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel winner (1997) : Excession
Hugo Best Novel nominee (2005) : The Algebraist
Prometheus Award Best Book nominee (2009) : Matter
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2013) : The Hydrogen Sonata

Iain M Banks recommends
Affairs at Hampden Ferrers (2004)
Brian Aldiss
"Brian Aldiss is one of the most influential - and one of the best - SF writers Britain has ever produced."
The Endymion Omnibus (2005)
Dan Simmons
"Truly astonishing."
Seeds of Earth (2009)
(Humanity's Fire, book 1)
Michael Cobley
"Proper galaxy-spanning Space Opera."
Intrusion (2012)
Ken MacLeod
"A twistedly clever, frighteningly plausible dystopian glimpse."

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