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Iain M. Banks (born on 16 February 1954) is a Scottish writer. He writes mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies.

Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory (1984), Banks began to write on a full-time basis. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular Culture Series series. His books have also been adapted for theatre, radio and television.

Science fiction as Iain M. Banks

Novels

The Culture series

  • 1987 – Consider Phlebas
  • 1988 – The Player of Games
  • 1990 – Use of Weapons
  • 1996 – Excession
  • 1998 – Inversions
  • 2000 – Look to Windward
  • 2008 – Matter
  • 2010 – Surface Detail
  • 2012 – The Hydrogen Sonata

Other novels

  • 1993 – Against a Dark Background
  • 1994 – Feersum Endjinn
  • 2004 – The Algebraist

Short fiction collections

  • The State of the Art (1991)

Includes three short works set in the Culture universe. It also includes works of fiction more characteristic of Banks's writing published as Iain Banks.

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