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**Soon to be adapted as a major TV series**
Banks is a phenomenon: he is wildly successful, and a very creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he’s at home writing pure science fiction of a peculiarly gnarly energy and elegance. After his death, we now have no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness. Poetic, with a touch of humor, baffling, terrifying, sexy – the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more.
Banks met his first wife, Annie, in London 1984 just before the release of his first book. The couple moved to Faversham in the south of England, then in 1988 he split up from is the wife, he then returned to Edinburgh and began dating another woman for two years until she left him. Iain and his first wife Annie reconciled a year later and moved to Fife. They married in Hawaii in 1992. In 2007, after having 15 years of marriage, they announced they were going to separation.
Banks moved to North Queensferry, on the north side of the Firth of Forth, with the writer and founder of the Dead by Dawn film festival. Then Adele Hartley commenced their relationship in 2006, they then married on 29 March 2013, after he had asked her to “do me the honor of becoming my widow”.
Iain Banks became widespread and controversial, the public noticed this with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has gained enormous popularity and critical acclaim with both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.
About the Author:
In 1998 Banks was in a near-fatal accident when the car rolled off the road. After this experience, in February 2007, Banks sold all of his extensive car collection, which included a 3.2-litre Porsche Boxster, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a 3.8-litre Jaguar Mark II, a 5-liter BMW M5 and a daily use diesel Land Rover Defender whose power he had boosted by about 50%. Banks had exchanged all of the vehicles for a Lexus RX 400h hybrid – which he replaced by a diesel Toyota Yaris – then he said that in the future he would fly only in emergencies.On 3 April 2013, Banks dropped a bombshell on his website, the one he had set up by him and a few of his friends, that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the gallbladder. And that he was unlikely to live beyond a year. In the announcement, Banks said he was going to be withdrawing from is public engagements and that is the last book The Quarry was his last novel. They had brought the date of the publication forward at the request of the Author. He wanted The Quarry is last novel, to be published on the 20 June 2013 in the UK and 25 June 2013 in the US. However, Banks died on 9 June 2013.
The first Culture novel – a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination
Within the conflict, there was an individual crusade. It was deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, to actually find it – and with it bring about their own destruction.
The war was raging across the galaxy. Billions had been killed, billions had been doomed. Moons, planets, and the very stars themselves faced total destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their beliefs; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There was going to be no surrender. Consider Phlebas – a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination.
What other’s think:
There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward to with greater keenness’ THE TIMES ‘Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth’ THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION
Also by Iain M. Banks
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Against a Dark Background
Look to Windward