Banks, Iain 1954-
Most widely held works about Iain Banks
Most widely held works by Iain Banks
Matter by Iain Banks ( Book )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,198 libraries worldwide
In a distant-future, highly advanced society of seemingly unlimited technological capability, a crime is committed within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one--maybe two--people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity--and her particular set of abilities--might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.--From publisher description.
The algebraist by Iain Banks ( Book )
22 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 861 libraries worldwide
The time is 4034 A.D. and humanity has made it to the stars, but Fassin Taak will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year as he searches for a secret that has remained hidden for half a billion years.
Complicity by Iain Banks ( Book )
16 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 841 libraries worldwide
In Scotland, a self-appointed executioner dispenses justice to fit the crime. Thus the lenient judge who let a rapist go is punished by being raped, while a man who killed is killed in turn. By the author of The Wasp Factory.
Surface detail by Iain Banks ( Book )
11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 824 libraries worldwide
When sex slave Lededje Y'breq is murdered by a politician on the planet Sichult, the artificial intelligence running one of the Culture's immense starships resurrects her so she can seek revenge. Meanwhile, the Culture is uneasily watching the conflict over whether to preserve virtual Hells for the souls of "sinners" or give them the release of death.
Inversions by Iain Banks ( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 812 libraries worldwide
"On a backward world with six moons, an alert spy reports on the doings of one Dr. Vosill, who has mysteriously become the personal physician to the king despite being a foreigner and, even more unthinkably, a woman. ... Elsewhere, in another palace across the mountains, a man named DeWar serves as chief bodyguard to the protector General of Tassasen."--Jacket.
The player of games by Iain Banks ( Book )
27 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 811 libraries worldwide
In the human-machine symbiotic society called The Culture, there have been many great game players. One, Gurgeh, is a master of every board, computer, and strategy. He travels to the Empire of Azad to try its game, one so complex and like life itself, that the winner becomes emperer. With this game, he takes on the challenge of his life, and possibly his death.
The business by Iain Banks ( Book )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 784 libraries worldwide
Kate was plucked from urban poverty and groomed to be an executive in the Business, a "discreet transglobal organization whose origins predate the Christian Church." As she rises among the ranks and travels the globe, "she is forced to peel away layers of emotional insulation and to reassess the assumptions of a lifetime."--Jacket.
The wasp factory by Iain Banks ( Book )
37 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in 10 languages and held by 750 libraries worldwide
Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperal scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return--an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.
Transition by Iain Banks ( Book )
10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 709 libraries worldwide
Sharing nothing in common except links to an organization committed to protecting the world from itself, an assembly of dubious characters including a torturer, a reluctant assassin, and an amnesiac patient confront challenges beyond their imagining.
The crow road : a novel by Iain Banks ( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 708 libraries worldwide
When Prentice McHoan returns to his home town of Gallanach he meets a former girlfriend of his missing uncle Rory, who provides him with a folder of Rory's writings that inspires him to seek out the man who had disappeared eight years earlier.
The steep approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks ( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Russian and held by 699 libraries worldwide
"The Wopuld family have built their fortune on a board game called Empire. It has transferred remarkably well to the computer generation and now the American Spraint company wants to buy them out. Alban, head of the family, thinks the Yanks should be treated with suspicion - but he also has other things on this mind. Dark secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million-pound gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks' fabulous new novel."--Publisher.
Excession by Iain Banks ( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 689 libraries worldwide
A novel on a group of planets ruled by artificial minds in competition with each other. Adventurers take advantage of this competition to seize a planet's spaceships and a war breaks out. By the author of The Player of Games.
A song of stone : a novel by Iain Banks ( Book )
12 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 652 libraries worldwide
A band of guerrillas commanded by a tough lesbian occupy a castle during a Bosnia-style war. The novel describes the relationship of the civilized owners of the castle, a lord and lady, with their uncouth visitors. The relationship ends with the lady going to bed with the guerrilla woman.
Look to windward by Iain Banks ( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 645 libraries worldwide
Eight hundred years after two suns were exploded in order to end a war, "light from the first explosion is about to reach the Masaq' Orbital, home to the Culture's most adventurous and decadent souls. There it will fall upon Masaq's 50 billion inhabitants, gathered to commemorate the deaths of the innocent," and on Major Quilan, an emissary from the war-ravaged world of Chel.--Jacket.
Feersum endjinn by Iain Banks ( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 525 libraries worldwide
A cloud of space dust is advancing on Earth, threatening to destroy all life. The task of saving the planet falls to the Chapel Engineers, an organization of scientific consciences, many of whose bodies are dead, plugged into a computer network.
Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks ( Book )
26 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 518 libraries worldwide
In the midst of a war between two galactic empires, a shapechanging agent of the Iridans undertakes a clandestine mission to a forbidden planet in search of an intelligent, fugitive machine whose actions could alter the course of the conflict.
The bridge by Iain Banks ( Book )
22 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 508 libraries worldwide
Walking on glass by Iain Banks ( Book )
14 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 433 libraries worldwide
Tells the tale of three disparate men on a collision course with each other.
Dead air by Iain Banks ( Book )
19 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 359 libraries worldwide
A couple of ice cubes, first, then the apple that really started it all. A loft apartment in London's East End, cool but doomed, demolition and redevelopment slated for the following week. Ken Nott, devoutly contrarian, leftish shock-jock attending a mid-week wedding lunch, starts dropping stuff off the roof towareds the deserted car park a hundred feet below. Other guests join in and soon half the contents of the flat are following the fruit towards the pitted tarmac ... just as mobiles start to ring, and the apartment's remaining TV is turned on, because apparently a plane has just crashed into the World Trade Center ...
The state of the art by Iain Banks ( Book )
12 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
Amnesia Antarctica Anthropologists Artificial intelligence Audiobooks Authors, Scottish Banks, Iain,--1954- Brothers and sisters Children of the rich Distilleries Domestic fiction Eccentrics and eccentricities England--London Families Family secrets Fantasy fiction Fathers and sons Fiction Good and evil Government investigators History Imaginary wars and battles International business enterprises International relations Interplanetary voyages Journalists Large type books Life on other planets Man-woman relationships Missing persons Murder Murderers Near-death experiences Psychopaths Revenge Satire Science fiction Science fiction Scotland Scotland--Highlands Secret societies Serial murders Space colonies Space warfare Teenage boys Travel Whiskey Whiskey industry Women executives Wormholes (Physics)
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