Iain Banks
Scottish science-fiction novelist
Iain Banks
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".
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What Science Fiction Movie or Novel Is Most Prescient Today?
NYTimes - about 1 year
This year, NASA confirmed the existence of liquid water on Mars, raising the possibility of Martian life; a genetically engineered animal can now be sold for human consumption, as in a tale by Margaret Atwood; and a Silicon Valley research institute was formed to create a computer with the intellectual ability of a human, and to confront the threat such artificial intelligence poses to humanity. Scientific discovery and invention often leads to comparison with speculative or dystopian fiction. What science fiction movie or novel seems most prescient today? Responses: 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury Heidi Hammel, planetary astronomer 'The Martian' by Andy Weir Jim Gates, theoretical physicist 'The Fifth Season' by N.K. Jemisin Annalee Newitz, editor, Ars Technica 'The Body Snatchers' by Jack Finney ...
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Sara McCorquodale: Why Scottish Culture MUST Kept Separate From the Independence Push
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The great love of my life is a country and it pains me to say it, but up until recently, I thought we might have to break up. Let me explain. I'm a Scottish woman who's lived in England for nine years (yes, long distance can work) and the current government's pursuit for independence has seriously unmoored me from my nationality. Not just because I'm anti-separatist, but because the independence debate has become muddled with what is perceived as Scottish culture - what it means to be Scottish. Prior to the referendum push, English friends used to talk to me about Belle & Sebastian, Idlewild and Iain Banks. Where's Byres Road? Is everyone three degrees of separation from Alex Kapranos? Where do you stay during The Fringe? Trainspotting, The Boy With The Arab Strap and The Wasp Factory were - for better or worse - tied up with what everyone else regarded as Scottish. And even though this meant two of our most potent exports focused on junkies and messed ...
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Asteroid 5099 Renamed After Sci-Fi Legend Iain M Banks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The late author, futurist and sci-fi icon Iain Banks has had an asteroid named after him. Asteroid 5099 is now officially known as 'Ianbanks', thanks to the work of Harvard's Minor Planets Centre. The centre, which is part of the International Astronomical Union, applied to the Union's Committee for Small Body Nomenclature for the change in April, when it became clear that the writer was seriously ill with cancer. Writing on the MPC's official blog, Galache said he was inspired to request the change by the profound impact that Banks' 'Culture' novels had made on his life in science. He wrote: "Banks truly was a gifted story teller. When I heard of his sickness I immediately asked myself what I could do for Mr Banks, and the answer was obvious: Give him an asteroid!" Above: Iain Banks Now the change has been approved, its official citation reads: "Iain M. Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish writer best known for the Culture series of science fiction no ...
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Iain Banks Bids Us Farewell With 'The Quarry'
NPR - over 3 years
Iain Banks' last novel, The Quarry, follows awkward teen Kit, his dying father Guy, and a group of Guy's former friends as they search for a possibly incriminating videotape. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says The Quarry isn't Banks' best work, but "it doesn't disappoint." » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Poignant final novel by Iain Banks out 11 days after death
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
By Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - The final novel of Scottish author Iain Banks was released on Thursday to bittersweet acclaim 11 days after he died of the very disease around which the plot revolves. "The Quarry" describes the final weeks in the life of a man named Guy in his 40s battling terminal cancer who is being cared for by his 18-year-old son Kit. The best-selling writer, who died on June 9 at the age of 59, asked his publisher Little Brown to bring forward its release date after telling fans about his illness, but he did not live to see it in public hands. ...
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How 8 Famous Writers Chose Their Pen Names
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Scottish author Iain Banks died earlier this week after battling gall bladder cancer. With him died his nom de plume Iain M. Banks, under which he wrote science fiction. I admit I'm not familiar with the work Banks wrote under either name, and when I heard the news, I initially thought it weird that two writers with such similar names died on the same day. I wasn't alone, and my Twitter feed was soon littered with realizations from others that they were the same guy.
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Digital highlights, June 15th 2013
The Economist - almost 4 years
Language borrowing Given China’s rocket-ride to prominence, its language still contributes surprisingly little to English. Why? Its rise may be too recent, and it may not yet have attained the necessary cachet. More trade, cultural and personal ties should change that Comic combat Ahead of the release of “Man of Steel”, the latest retelling of the Superman story, our interactive timeline compares the box-office performance of films based on superheroes from DC comics with those based on their Marvel confrères High-speed data With the P1, McLaren has built a supercar that can adjust its height, power and aerodynamics to fit the road. But the company is also applying technologies designed for the track to fields such as air-traffic control and keyhole surgery From our blogs Culture: Feckin’ treasured The director of the Edinburgh Book Festival pays tribute to Iain Banks, who described himself as an “obscure cult author”—and who died on June 9th Business: f93gHPazw120K. Got it? Inst ...
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Iain Banks, Novelist of Crime and Science Fiction, Dies at 59
NYTimes - almost 4 years
Mr. Banks, a best-selling Scottish author, churned out 28 books in just under 30 years on subjects ranging from violent crime dramas to interstellar conflicts.     
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Tributes flow for author Iain Banks
CNN - almost 4 years
Tributes are flowing for Scottish author Iain Banks, who has died aged 59 after a short battle with cancer just days before the release of his final novel.
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UPDATE 1-Scottish author Iain Banks dies of cancer, aged 59 - Reuters
Google News - almost 4 years
BBC News UPDATE 1-Scottish author Iain Banks dies of cancer, aged 59 Reuters Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:45am IST. * Loved for mainstream fiction, scifi novels. * Last novel "The Quarry" due out on June 20. * Praised as irreplaceable part of the literary world (Adds publisher confirming death, details throughout). By Belinda Goldsmith. BREAKING NEWS : Author Iain Banks dies aged 59 after a battle with ...Daily Mail Iain Banks dies of cancer aged 59BBC News Scottish fiction writer Iain Banks dies at 59Newsday Telegraph.co.uk -The Guardian -Los Angeles Times all 119 news articles »
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Scottish fiction writer Iain Banks dies at 59
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
LONDON (AP) — Scottish writer Iain Banks, who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, has died, his publisher said Sunday. He was 59.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Iain Banks
  • 2013
    Age 59
    His final interview was with Kirsty Wark and was broadcast as Iain Banks: Raw Spirit on BBC2 Scotland on Wednesday 12 June 2013.
    More Details Hide Details BBC One Scotland and BBC2 broadcast an adaptation of his novel Stonemouth in June 2015.
    In an interview January 2013, he also mentioned he had the plot idea for another novel in the Culture series, which would most likely be his next book and planned for publication in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote in different categories, but enjoyed writing science fiction the most. In September 2012 Banks was revealed as one of the Guests of Honour at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3.
    By his death in June 2013 Banks had published 26 novels.
    More Details Hide Details His twenty-seventh novel The Quarry was published posthumously. His final work, a collection of poetry, was released in February 2015.
    Banks continued to write both science fiction and mainstream novels, with his final novel The Quarry published in June 2013, the month of his death.
    More Details Hide Details Banks published work under two names. His parents had intended to name him "Iain Menzies Banks", but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and "Iain Banks" became the officially registered name. Despite this error, Banks used the middle name and submitted The Wasp Factory for publication as "Iain M. Banks". Banks's editor inquired about the possibility of omitting the 'M' as it appeared "too fussy" and the potential existed for confusion with Rosie M. Banks, a romantic novelist in the Jeeves novels by P.G. Wodehouse; Banks agreed to the omission. After three mainstream novels, Banks's publishers agreed to publish his first science fiction (SF) novel Consider Phlebas. To create a distinction between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the 'M' to his name, and it was used in all of his science fiction works.
    Banks died on 9 June 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Banks's publisher stated that the author was "an irreplaceable part of the literary world", a sentiment that was reaffirmed by fellow Scottish author and friend since secondary school Ken MacLeod, who observed that Banks's death "left a large gap in the Scottish literary scene as well as the wider English-speaking world." British author Charles Stross wrote that "One of the giants of 20th and 21st century Scottish literature has left the building." Authors, including Neil Gaiman, Ian Rankin, Alastair Reynolds, and David Brin also paid tribute to Banks, in their blogs and elsewhere. The asteroid (5099) Iainbanks was named after him shortly after his death. On 23 January 2015, SpaceX's CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk named two of the company's autonomous spaceport drone ships Just Read The Instructions and Of Course I Still Love You, after ships from Banks's novel The Player of Games.
    The dates of publication of The Quarry were brought forward at Banks's request, to 20 June 2013 in the UK and 25 June 2013 in the US.
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    On 3 April 2013, Banks announced on his website, and one set up by him and some friends that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the gallbladder and was unlikely to live beyond a year.
    More Details Hide Details In his announcement, Banks stated that he would be withdrawing from all public engagements and that The Quarry would be his last novel.
    In April 2013, Banks announced that he had inoperable cancer and was unlikely to live beyond a year.
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  • 2012
    Age 58
    The title was his own creation and on 3 October 2012 Banks accepted a T-shirt decorated with this title.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 53
    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%.
    More Details Hide Details Banks exchanged all of the vehicles for a Lexus RX 400h hybrid – later replaced by a diesel Toyota Yaris – and said in the future he would fly only in emergencies.
  • 2006
    Age 52
    Banks lived in North Queensferry, on the north side of the Firth of Forth, with the author and founder of the Dead by Dawn film festival Adele Hartley. Banks and Hartley commenced their relationship in 2006, and married on 29 March 2013 after he asked her to "do me the honour of becoming my widow".
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    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998 Banks had been in a near-fatal accident when his car rolled off the road.
  • 1999
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Banks collaborated with the play's soundtrack composer Gary Lloyd frequently, including on a collection of songs they co-composed in tribute to the fictional band 'Frozen Gold' from Banks's novel 'Espedair Street'. Lloyd also composed the score for a spoken word and musical production of the Banks novel The Bridge which Banks himself voiced and featured a cast of forty musicians (released on cd by Codex Records in 1996). Lloyd recorded Banks for inclusion in the play as a disembodied voice appearing as himself in one of the cast member's dreams. Lloyd explained his collaboration with Banks on their first versions of 'Espedair Street' (subsequent versions are dated from between 2005 and 2013) in a Guardian article prior to the opening of The Curse of Iain Banks: When he Banks first played them to me, I think he was worried that they might not be up to scratch (some of them dated back to 1973 and had never been heard). He needn't have worried. They're fantastic. We're slaving away to get the songs to the stage where we can go into the studio and make a demo. Iain bashes out melodies on his state-of-the-art Apple Mac in Edinburgh and sends them down to me in Chester where I put them onto my Atari.
  • 1987
    Age 33
    His first published science fiction book Consider Phlebas was released in 1987 and was the first of several novels of the acclaimed Culture series.
    More Details Hide Details Banks cited Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, M. John Harrison and Dan Simmons as literary influences. The Crow Road, published in 1992, was adapted as a BBC television series.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    His second novel Walking on Glass was published in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details The Bridge followed in 1986, and Espedair Street, published in 1987, was later broadcast as a series on BBC Radio 4.
  • 1984
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the publication and success of The Wasp Factory, Banks began to write full-time. His editor at Macmillan, James Hale, advised him to write one book a year and Banks agreed to this schedule.
  • 1954
    Age 0
    Born in 1954.
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