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Iain M. Banks

Author: Paul Kincaid
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
Series: Modern masters of science fiction.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is almost impossible to fully express the influence that Scottish Author Iain M. Banks (1954-2013) has had on science fiction, particularly in the UK. The publication of Consider Phlebas in 1987 was one of the triggers for the British Renaissance. This exuberant left-wing space opera was also one of the foundational texts for the New Space Opera, and was a clear influence on Stephen Baxter, Paul J. McAuley,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kincaid, Paul.
Iain M. Banks.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016054150
Named Person: Iain Banks; Iain Banks; Iain Banks
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kincaid
ISBN: 9780252041013 0252041011 9780252082504 0252082508
OCLC Number: 962232240
Description: 190 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Crossing the Bridge --
ch. 2 Backing into the Culture --
ch. 3 Outside Context Problems --
ch. 4 Approaching the WorldGod --
ch. 5 Aftermath.
Series Title: Modern masters of science fiction.
Responsibility: Paul Kincaid.

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"It is almost impossible to fully express the influence that Scottish Author Iain M. Banks (1954-2013) has had on science fiction, particularly in the UK. The publication of Consider Phlebas in 1987 was one of the triggers for the British Renaissance. This exuberant left-wing space opera was also one of the foundational texts for the New Space Opera, and was a clear influence on Stephen Baxter, Paul J. McAuley, Justina Robson and Alistair Reynolds. Banks authored 14 sf novels, nine of them set in the universe of the Culture, exploring most of the major sf themes and genres: utopia and dystopia, interstellar warfare, interaction with alien life, the biology-technology divide, and perpetual surveillance. His writing is characterized by an exceptional attention to literary style and a signature dark sense of humor. He achieved mainstream success as one of the giants of Scottish literary fiction, Iain Banks: author of The Wasp Factory (1984), Walking on Glass (1985), The Bridge (1986), Espedair Street (1987), and thirteen other mainstream novels. Paul Kincaid argues that many of Banks's supposedly mainstream novels had science-fiction aspects, while mainstream techniques and sensibilities were incorporated into all of his science fiction. It is, therefore, impossible to consider one aspect of his fiction in isolation; the two feed into each other"--

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"A thorough, focused, and very useful study of the works of Iain Banks . . . with the M and without the M!"--Gwyneth Jones, author of Life "A warmly appreciative yet acutely critical survey, clear, Read more...

 
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