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Iain M. Banks - Author

About the Author

Iain M. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream (published under the name Iain Banks) and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.

 

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Banks’ Culture series, of which this the latest instalment, is space opera at its exuberant best: adventures and conflicts on a galactic scale, alien races by the dozen, non-stop action, a gallery of sharply-edged characters in search of the truth and racing against time. All the ingredients are perfectly stirred to provide first class entertainment and science fiction at its most stirring. Makes STAR WARS look simplistic.

Featured books by Iain M. Banks

The Hydrogen Sonata

The Hydrogen Sonata

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2013

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilisation. An ancient people, organised on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilisations: they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilisation are likely to prove its most perilous.

The Player of Games

The Player of Games

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/1989

A 2012 World Book Night selection. 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 Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

Other books by Iain M. Banks

Look to windward

Look to windward

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2018

Neskol'ko stoletij nazad zakonchilas' Idiranskaya vojna - samyj masshtabnyj konflikt v istorii galaktiki. No tol'ko sejchas svet Novyh-Bliznecov - zvezd, unichtozhennyh v poslednej i samoj zhestokoj bitve idiran s Kul'turoj, - dostignet orbitalishcha Masak, gde zhivet Mahraj Ciller, znamenityj na vsyu galaktiku kompozitor i dissident-chelgrianin, i gde dolzhna sostoyat'sya prem'era ego novoj simfonii, posvyashchennoj Bitve Novyh-Bliznecov i vsej Idiranskoj vojne. No chelgriane (edinstvennaya vysokorazvitaya civilizaciya, proisshedshaya ot hishchnikov) polagayut, chto imenno Kul'tura vinovata v nedavno otbushevavshej na planete CHel grazhdanskoj vojne, - i posylayut k Mahrayu Cilleru na Masak special'nogo ehmissara. Major Kvilan prizvan ubedit' Cillera vernut'sya na CHel - no na dele ego missiya kuda masshtabnee... Klassicheskij roman iz cikla o Kul'ture - v novom perevode!

Algebraist

Algebraist

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 25/05/2018

V 4034 g. n. eh. ob"e;edinyayushchaya mnozhestvo ras mogushchestvennaya Merkatoriya, vozglavlyaemyj arhimandritom Lyuseferusom kul't Zamorysha i anarhisty-zapredel'cy soshlis' na okraine galaktiki v sisteme YUlyubisa, u gazovogo giganta Naskeron. Dostatochno bylo sluha, chto naskeronskie nasel'niki obladayut klyuchom k tak nazyvaemomu nasel'nicheskomu spisku: ved' tot, kto najdet ehto legendarnoe algebraicheskoe preobrazovanie, poluchit dostup k koordinatam portalov grandioznoj seti transportnyh chervotochin, pronizyvayushchih galaktiku. Odnako nasel'niki - starejshaya razumnaya rasa, za milliardy let uspevshaya zaselit' bol'shinstvo gazovyh gigantov izvestnoj Vselennoj, - revnostno hranyat svoj sekret... Vas zhdet samaya masshtabnaya kosmicheskaya opera novogo veka!

Excession

Excession

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2017

Idiranskaya vojna, dlivshayasya pyat'desyat let i unesshaya sotni milliardov zhiznej, zavershilas' neskol'ko vekov nazad. Kul'tura - sodruzhestvo prodvinutyh civilizacij i iskusstvennyh intellektov, - yavlyayas' naibolee moshchnoj siloj vo Vselennoj, opekaet bolee primitivnye rasy. V chisle takih podopechnyh i obitateli gazovyh gigantov, izvestnye kak Hamy, harakter kotoryh polnost'yu sootvetstvuet ih nazvaniyu. No vse karty smeshivayutsya, kogda u dalekoj zvezdy EHsperi voznikaet fizicheski nevozmozhnyj ob"e;ekt EHkscessiya - budto by relikt "e;predydushchej"e; Vselennoj... Klassicheskij roman iz cikla o Kul'ture - v novom perevode!

USE OF WEAPONS; THE STATE OF THE ART

USE OF WEAPONS; THE STATE OF THE ART

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2016

Klassicheskij (i, po mneniyu mnogih, luchshij) roman iz cikla o Kul'ture - v novom perevode! Edinstvennyj v bibliografii znamenitogo shotlandca sbornik (vklyuchayushchij bol'shuyu zaglavnuyu povest' o Kul'ture zhe) - vpervye na russkom!CHeradenin Zakalve, rodilsya i vyros vne Kul'tury i uzhe v dovol'no zrelom vozraste stal agentom Osobyh Obstoyatel'stv "e;kul'turnoj sluzhby Kontakta. Kak i u bol'shinstva geroev Behnksa, v proshlom u nego taitsya zhutkovataya tajna, opredelyayushchaya liniyu povedeniya. Blestyashchij voenachal'nik, Zakalve rabotaet svoego roda provokatorom, gotovyashchim v otstalyh mirah pochvu dlya progressorov iz Kontakta. V otlichie ot urozhencev Kul'tury, emu est' radi chego srazhat'sya i chto dokazyvat', kak samomu sebe, tak i okruzhayushchim. Golovokruzhitel'naya smelost', prezrenie k risku, neumenie proigryvat' - vse ehto sledstviya moshchnoj psihicheskoj travmy, kotoruyu Zakalve perezhil mnogo let nazad i kotoraya otkroetsya lish' v finale.

The Hydrogen Sonata

The Hydrogen Sonata

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2013

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilisation. An ancient people, organised on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilisations: they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilisation are likely to prove its most perilous.

Quarry

Quarry

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2013

Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, odd, socially disabled, on a spectrum that stretches from "e;highly gifted"e; at one end, to "e;nutter"e; at the other. At least Kit knows who his father is; he and Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. His mother's identity is another matter. Now, though, his father's dying, and old friends are gathering for one last time."e;Uncle"e; Paul's a media lawyer now; Rob and Ali are upwardly mobile corporate bunnies; pretty, hopeful Pris is a single mother; Haze is still living up to his drug-inspired name twenty years on; and fierce, protective Hol is a gifted if acerbic critic. As young film students they lived at Willoughtree House with Guy, and they've all come back because they want something. Kit, too, has his own ulterior motives. Before his father dies he wants to know who his mother is, and what's on the mysterious tape they're all looking for. But most of all he wants to stop time and keep his father alive.Fast-paced, gripping and savagely funny, The Quarry is a virtuoso performance whose soaring riffs on the inexhaustible marvel of human perception and rage against the dying of the light will stand among Iain Banks' greatest work.

Hydrogen Sonata

Hydrogen Sonata

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2012

The New York Times bestselling Culture novel... The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago.It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.

Iain M. Banks Culture - 25th anniversary box set Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons

Iain M. Banks Culture - 25th anniversary box set Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 04/10/2012

CONSIDER PHLEBAS The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction. USE OF WEAPONS The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors in his past. THE PLAYER OF GAMES 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 Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game ... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

Surface Detail

Surface Detail

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2011

The ninth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. 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 family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture. It begins in the realm of the Real. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

Consider Phlebas

Consider Phlebas

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2009

"e;Dazzlingly original."e; -- Daily Mail"e;Gripping, touching and funny."e; -- TLSThe war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

Matter

Matter

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2009

In a world renowned even 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 two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy.Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.MATTER is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.

Inversions

Inversions

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2007

Inversions

Inversions

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/1999

The sixth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. In 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 those who wish her ill can know about. In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, and his means of combating them are more traditional. Spiralling round a central core of secrecy, deceit, love and betrayal, INVERSIONS is a spectacular work of science fiction, brilliantly told and wildly imaginative, from an author who has set genre fiction alight. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

Excession

Excession

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/1997

The fifth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. 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 was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

Feersum Endjinn

Feersum Endjinn

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/1995

A superb standalone novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a master of modern science fiction. Count Sessine is about to die for the very last time... Chief Scientist Gadfium is about to receive the mysterious message she has been waiting for from the Plain of Sliding Stones... And Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, is about to enter the chaos of the crypt... And everything is about to change... For this is the time of the encroachment and, although the dimming sun still shines on the vast, towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, the end is close at hand. The King knows it, his closest advisers know it, yet sill they prosecute the war against the clan Engineers with increasing savagery. The crypt knows it too; so an emissary has been sent, an emissary who holds the key to all their futures. Praise for Iain M. Banks: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

Against A Dark Background

Against A Dark Background

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/1994

A superb standalone novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a master of modern science fiction. Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her. Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself. Praise for Iain M. Banks: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

The State Of The Art

The State Of The Art

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/1993

The first ever collection of Iain M. Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

Use Of Weapons

Use Of Weapons

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/1992

The third Culture novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors in his past. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

The Player of Games

The Player of Games

Author: Iain M. Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/1989

A 2012 World Book Night selection. 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 Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

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