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Iain Banks was born in Fife in 1954 and was educated at Stirling University where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. Banks came to widespread and controversial public note with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. He continued to write both mainstream fiction (as Iain Banks) and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks). Banks' mainstream fiction included The Wasp Factory (1984), Walking on Glass (1985), The Bridge (1986), Espedair Street (1987), Canal Dreams (1989), The Crow Road (1992), Complicity (1993), Whit (1995), A Song of Stone (1997), The Business (1999), Dead Air (2002) and The Steep Approach to Garbadale (2007). His final book, The Quarry, was released posthumously on June 20, 2013. Banks died on June 9, 2013 of terminal gall bladder cancer. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Consider Phlebas 7,182 copies, 218 reviews
The Wasp Factory 6,462 copies, 192 reviews
The Player of Games 5,796 copies, 169 reviews
Use of Weapons 4,952 copies, 118 reviews
Excession 4,301 copies, 91 reviews
The Algebraist 3,998 copies, 91 reviews
Look to Windward 3,774 copies, 68 reviews
Matter 3,366 copies, 81 reviews
Inversions 3,119 copies, 53 reviews
The Crow Road 2,987 copies, 58 reviews
Against a Dark Background 2,716 copies, 42 reviews
The State of the Art 2,566 copies, 41 reviews
Feersum Endjinn 2,409 copies, 44 reviews
Complicity 2,305 copies, 23 reviews
Surface Detail 2,193 copies, 81 reviews
The Bridge 2,051 copies, 25 reviews
The Business 1,835 copies, 26 reviews
Transition 1,763 copies, 63 reviews
The Hydrogen Sonata 1,673 copies, 77 reviews
Dead Air 1,602 copies, 22 reviews
Whit 1,583 copies, 12 reviews
A Song of Stone 1,582 copies, 21 reviews
Walking on Glass 1,473 copies, 9 reviews
Espedair Street 1,343 copies, 15 reviews
The Steep Approach to Garbadale 1,277 copies, 37 reviews
Canal Dreams 1,149 copies, 14 reviews
Stonemouth 626 copies, 34 reviews
The Quarry 540 copies, 32 reviews
Poems 31 copies
A Few Notes on the Culture 5 copies, 1 review
The Spheres 3 copies
Overload 1 copy
Excesin 1 copy
The Big Book of Science Fiction (Contributor) 315 copies, 6 reviews
The Space Opera Renaissance (Contributor) 263 copies, 5 reviews
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (Contributor) 160 copies, 1 review
Cyber-killers (Contributor, some editions) 102 copies, 2 reviews
Arrows of Eros (Contributor) 40 copies
Tales From the Forbidden Planet (Contributor) 37 copies
Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon (Contributor) 25 copies, 11 reviews
The Crow Road [1996 TV miniseries] (Original novel) 11 copies
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 11 copies
Complicity [2000 film] (Original novel) 3 copies

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