Iain Banks bibliography

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Iain Banks bibliography
Banks pictured at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, 2005
Banks pictured at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, 2005
Books 1
Novels 28
Articles 4
Collections 2

The works of Scottish author Iain Banks (16 February 1954 – 9 June 2013) include many novels, two short story collections, and one non-fiction book, as well as several introductions to the works of other authors. His fiction is typically grouped into science fiction (SF) and non-SF;[1] for the former he is credited as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies. In spite of this, the distinction is blurred for several works that mix elements of fantasy and realism; for instance, his 2009 novel Transition was published in the UK as Iain Banks, but in the US as Iain M. Banks.[2] His fiction spans multiple genres,[3] including the Gothic,[2] crime and Bildungsroman; his works are sometimes stylistically experimental, and often contain dark humour and political sub-texts.[3]

Bank's literary career began with the publication of The Wasp Factory in 1984, which is arguably still the work he is best known for.[2] His first sci-fi work is Consider Phlebas, published in 1987, which also marked the beginning of the Culture series; these works concern a post-scarcity semi-anarchist utopia known as The Culture.[4] The Culture series eventually consisted of nine novels and the short story collection The State of the Art, the last entry being The Hydrogen Sonata published in 2012.[1] Banks' final work is the non-SF novel The Quarry, was published posthumously in late June 2013.[5]

Non-SF works[edit]

Banks' non-SF work comprises fifteen novels and one non-fiction book. Many of his novels contain elements of autobiography,[6] and feature various locations in his native Scotland.[7] Raw Spirit (subtitled In Search of the Perfect Dram) is a travel book of Banks' visits to the distilleries of Scotland in search of the finest whisky, including his musings on other subjects such as cars and politics.[8]



SF works[edit]

Banks wrote twelve SF novels, nine of which were part of the Culture series; a short story collection known as The State of the Art includes some stories set in the same universe. These works focus upon characters that are usually on the margins of the Culture, a post-scarcity semi-anarchist utopia;[4] in the same universe are other civilizations, with which the Culture sometimes enters into conflict,[9] and Artificial Intelligences that have reached sentience.[4]

The Culture series[edit]


  1. Consider Phlebas (1987). London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-44138-9
  2. The Player of Games (1988). London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-47110-5
  3. Use of Weapons (1990). London: Orbit. ISBN 0-356-19160-5
  4. The State of the Art (1991). London: Orbit. ISBN 0-356-19669-0 (Short story collection)
  5. Excession (1996). London: Orbit. ISBN 1-85723-394-8
  6. Inversions (1998). London: Orbit. ISBN 1-85723-626-2
  7. Look to Windward (2000). London: Orbit. ISBN 1-85723-969-5
  8. Matter (2008). London: Orbit. ISBN 978-1-84149-417-3
  9. Surface Detail (2010). London: Orbit. ISBN 978-1-84149-893-5
  10. Hydrogen Sonata (2012). London: Orbit. ISBN 978-0-356-50150-5

Non Culture works[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Books by Iain [M] Banks". Little, Brown Book Group. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Iain Banks". London: The Telegraph. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Slotnik, Daniel E. (12 June 2013). "Iain Banks, Novelist of Crime and Science Fiction, Dies at 59". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Banks, Iain M. (10 August 1994). "A Few Notes on the Culture".  Originally posted on rec.arts.sf newsgroup.
  5. ^ Hannah McGill (9 June 2013). "Book review: The Quarry by Iain Banks". The Scotsman on Sunday. 
  6. ^ Kerridge, Jake (9 June 2013). "Iain Banks: an honest, funny and compassionate writer who beguiled 21st-century readers". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Iain Banks email Q&A July 2008". Little, Brown Books Group. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Horspool, David (6 December 2003). "Scotch on the rocks". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Look to Windward". Little, Brown Book Group.