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Remembering Iain M. Banks

Fans of science fiction may have read that well known Scottish author Iain M Banks died this past June. He is best known for his sweeping space opera stories involving the civilization known as the Culture. If you have yet to experience this author, try these five great starting titles that are sure to make you a fan of this great author. He will be sorely missed.


The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks
Jessica G. Says: Fascinating collection of short sci fi stories: an excellent sampling of Iain Banks' writing style.
Amazon Says: Iain M. Banks' only short-story collection, never before published in the US. Contents: * Road of Skulls * A Gift from the Culture * Odd Attachment * Descendant * Cleaning U more...
Amazon Says: Iain M. Banks' only short-story collection, never before published in the US. Contents: * Road of Skulls * A Gift from the Culture * Odd Attachment * Descendant * Cleaning Up * Piece * The State of the Art * Scratch * A Few Notes On the Culture less...
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Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks
Jessica G. Says: Iain Banks first Culture novel showcases his talent for creating a vast universe filled with unusual and sometimes disturbing characters.
Amazon Says: The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, r more...
Amazon Says: The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. 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, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction. Consider Phlebas - a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination. less...
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The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Jessica G. Says: This Culture novel proves that playing games on the galactic level can create serious chaos.
Amazon Says: The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of more...
Amazon Says: The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death. Praise for Iain M. Banks: "Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy -- the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more" -- NME "An exquisitely riotous tour de force of the imagination which writes its own rules simply for the pleasure of breaking them." -- Time Out less...
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Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
Jessica G. Says: While the Culture novels take place in the same Universe, the storylines can span thousands of years.
Amazon Says: A classic in science fiction, Banks's novel is about a war so powerful it destroyed two suns and the billions of lives they supported. more...
Amazon Says: A classic in science fiction, Banks's novel is about a war so powerful it destroyed two suns and the billions of lives they supported. less...
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The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
Jessica G. Says: A stand alone novel involving the unusual inhabitants of gas giants.
Amazon Says: It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The more...
Amazon Says: It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilization. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars. Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of — part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony — Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer — a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known. less...
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