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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) — biography from Consider Phlebas… (more)
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Consider Phlebas 7,472 copies, 231 reviews
The Wasp Factory 6,711 copies, 197 reviews
The Player of Games 6,062 copies, 179 reviews
Use of Weapons 5,156 copies, 125 reviews
Excession 4,480 copies, 99 reviews
The Algebraist 4,111 copies, 92 reviews
Look to Windward 3,930 copies, 72 reviews
Matter 3,531 copies, 87 reviews
Inversions 3,249 copies, 57 reviews
The Crow Road 3,083 copies, 58 reviews
Against a Dark Background 2,812 copies, 42 reviews
The State of the Art 2,675 copies, 44 reviews
Feersum Endjinn 2,483 copies, 46 reviews
Complicity 2,371 copies, 24 reviews
Surface Detail 2,346 copies, 85 reviews
The Bridge 2,096 copies, 27 reviews
The Business 1,882 copies, 27 reviews
Transition 1,851 copies, 65 reviews
The Hydrogen Sonata 1,799 copies, 80 reviews
Dead Air 1,645 copies, 23 reviews
A Song of Stone 1,633 copies, 21 reviews
Whit 1,617 copies, 12 reviews
Walking on Glass 1,510 copies, 9 reviews
Espedair Street 1,378 copies, 15 reviews
The Steep Approach to Garbadale 1,311 copies, 38 reviews
Canal Dreams 1,181 copies, 14 reviews
Stonemouth 663 copies, 34 reviews
The Quarry 576 copies, 32 reviews
Poems 33 copies
A Few Notes on the Culture 6 copies, 1 review
The Spheres 3 copies
Overload 1 copy
The Big Book of Science Fiction (Contributor) 359 copies, 6 reviews
The Space Opera Renaissance (Contributor) 270 copies, 5 reviews
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (Contributor) 173 copies, 2 reviews
Cyber-killers (Contributor, some editions) 103 copies, 2 reviews
Arrows of Eros (Contributor) 41 copies
Tales From the Forbidden Planet (Contributor) 39 copies
Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon (Contributor) 29 copies, 12 reviews
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 14 copies, 1 review
The Crow Road [1996 TV miniseries] (Original novel) 12 copies
Complicity [2000 film] (Original novel) 3 copies

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