Iain Banks

Scottish Science-fiction Novelist
Born Feb 16, 1954

Iain Banks 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. In 2008, The Times named Banks in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".… Read More

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  • What Science Fiction Movie Or Novel Is Most Prescient Today?
    NYTimes - Dec 29, 2015
  • Sara Mc Corquodale: Why Scottish Culture Must Kept Separate From The Independence Push
    Huffington Post - Aug 07, 2013
  • Asteroid 5099 Renamed After Sci Fi Legend Iain M Banks
    Huffington Post - Jul 05, 2013
  • Iain Banks Bids Us Farewell With 'the Quarry'
    NPR - Jun 29, 2013


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1954 Birth Born in 1954.


1984 30 Years Old Though he considered himself primarily a science fiction author, his lack of success at being published as such led him to pursue mainstream fiction, resulting in his first published novel The Wasp Factory, which was published in 1984 when he was thirty. … Read More
1985 31 Years Old His second novel Walking on Glass was published in 1985. … Read More
1987 33 Years Old His first published science fiction book Consider Phlebas was released in 1987 and was the first of several novels of the acclaimed Culture series. … Read More


1999 45 Years Old Banks was involved in the theatre production The Curse of Iain Banks that was written by Maxton Walker and was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 1999. … Read More
2002 48 Years Old In 2002, Banks endorsed the Scottish Socialist Party. Banks met his first wife, Annie, in London before the 1984 release of his first book. The couple lived in Faversham in the south of England, then split up in 1988. Banks returned to Edinburgh and dated another woman for two years until she left him. Iain and Annie reconciled a year later and moved to Fife. They got married in Hawaii in 1992. In 2007, after 15 years of marriage, they announced their separation. … Read More


2006 52 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Banks also won a 2006 edition of BBC One's Celebrity Mastermind; the author selected "Malt whisky and the distilleries of Scotland" as his specialist subject.
2007 53 Years Old In February 2007, Banks sold his extensive car collection, including a 3.2 litre Porsche Boxster, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a 3.8-litre Jaguar Mark II, a 5-litre BMW M5 and a daily use diesel Land Rover Defender whose power he had boosted by about 50%. … Read More
2012 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2012 Banks became the "Acting Honorary Non-Executive Figurehead President Elect pro tem (trainee)" of the Science Fiction Book Club based in London.
…  In April 2013, Banks announced that he had inoperable cancer and was unlikely to live beyond a year.
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