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There are multiple authors with the name Iain Banks. Do not combine this entry with any of them. The Iain Banks author entry is correctly split into sections for the different authors, and the books of Iain M. Banks listed there are included here by aliasing. You cannot combine this author page with just one of the split entries, it doesn't work that way.

Consider Phlebas 6,763 copies, 198 reviews
The Wasp Factory 6,219 copies, 187 reviews
The Player of Games 5,503 copies, 152 reviews
Use of Weapons 4,707 copies, 113 reviews
Excession 4,117 copies, 91 reviews
The Algebraist 3,875 copies, 91 reviews
Look to Windward 3,628 copies, 68 reviews
Matter 3,193 copies, 82 reviews
Inversions 2,984 copies, 51 reviews
The Crow Road 2,884 copies, 53 reviews
Against a Dark Background 2,622 copies, 42 reviews
The State of the Art 2,449 copies, 38 reviews
Feersum Endjinn 2,350 copies, 41 reviews
Complicity 2,253 copies, 21 reviews
Surface Detail 2,042 copies, 79 reviews
The Bridge 1,988 copies, 25 reviews
The Business 1,797 copies, 26 reviews
Transition 1,680 copies, 65 reviews
Dead Air 1,559 copies, 23 reviews
A Song of Stone 1,542 copies, 22 reviews
Whit 1,535 copies, 11 reviews
The Hydrogen Sonata 1,526 copies, 73 reviews
Walking on Glass 1,438 copies, 8 reviews
Espedair Street 1,301 copies, 14 reviews
The Steep Approach to Garbadale 1,231 copies, 37 reviews
Canal Dreams 1,122 copies, 13 reviews
Stonemouth 591 copies, 32 reviews
The Quarry 505 copies, 32 reviews
Poems 28 copies
The Spheres 2 copies
Overload 1 copy
The Big Book of Science Fiction (Contributor) 276 copies, 6 reviews
The Space Opera Renaissance (Contributor) 254 copies, 6 reviews
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (Contributor) 156 copies, 1 review
Cyber-killers (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 2 reviews
Arrows of Eros (Contributor) 39 copies
Tales From the Forbidden Planet (Contributor) 37 copies
The Crow Road [1996 TV miniseries] (Original novel) 9 copies
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 5 copies, 1 review
Complicity [2000 film] (Original novel) 3 copies

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There are multiple authors with the name Iain Banks. Do not combine this entry with any of them. The Iain Banks author entry is correctly split into sections for the different authors, and the books of Iain M. Banks listed there are included here by aliasing. You cannot combine this author page with just one of the split entries, it doesn't work that way.

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