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Iain M. Banks - 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.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on MATTER...
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.

If you like Iain M. Banks you might also like to read books by James Smythe, David Brin and David Wingrove.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Iain M. Banks

The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks
The Hydrogen Sonata
Iain M. Banks
The tenth and sadly the last in his Culture series. Magnificent stuff, huge in its concept for this is inter-galactic civilisation that has developed over the books. This is about a species call the Gzilt. There is major destruction in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2013
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
Surface Detail
Iain M. Banks
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 11 November 2010. Iain M. Bank's Culture series is in a league of its own when it comes to modern science fiction and his latest Surfae detail doesn't disappoint. Vast in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2010
Matter by Iain M. Banks
Iain M. Banks
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2009
The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
The Algebraist
Iain M. Banks
Another stunning ‘Cultureâ novel combining science fiction on a universal scale and surprisingly funny dialogue. Wormholes link places many light years apart but the one on the planet Ulbrus has been destroyed. While they wait for it to be fixed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2005
Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
Look to Windward
Iain M. Banks
The ‘Culture’ spans thousands of galaxies and hundreds of intelligent life forms and it looks to incorporate all those it finds that are sufficiently advanced. However this doesn’t always go to plan and after an unsuccessful intervention the Chelgrian civilisation...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2001
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
The Player of Games
Iain M. Banks
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Bored with success, Gurgeh - The Player of Games - travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game. This is a game so complex, so like life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/1989
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
Consider Phlebas
Iain M. Banks
The first ‘Culture’ novel; one written with breath taking imagination and set in the middle of a galaxy spanning war with a huge range of characters. In the ‘Culture’ sentient computer ‘Minds’ control everything and in the middle of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/1988

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