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Banks, Iain 1954-2013

Overview
Works: 174 works in 1,360 publications in 18 languages and 29,636 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Satire  Suspense fiction  Science fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Guidebooks  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor
Classifications: PR6052.A485, 823.914
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Stonemouth by Iain Banks( Book )
24 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stewart Gilmour must confront his past when he returns to Stonemouth, Scotland, for the funeral of a local patriarch during a supposed temporary truce between crime families
Matter by Iain Banks( Book )
29 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,462 WorldCat member 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
The wasp factory : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )
118 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sixteen years old, Frankie has developed behavioral patterns involving the ritualistic killings of animals and insects to help predict daily events. As each successive day pass, Frankie receives phone call from older half-brother, Paul, who has escaped form an institution and is working his way home
The hydrogen sonata by Iain Banks( Book )
20 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Suspected of involvement after the Regimental High Command is destroyed as they prepared to go to a new level of existence called Sublime, Lieutenant Commander Vyr Cossont must find a nine-thousand-year-old man to clear her name
Complicity by Iain Banks( Book )
49 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,197 WorldCat member 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 )
24 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,181 WorldCat member 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
Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks( Book )
58 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Horza, a Changer, finds himself at the center of an epic galactic confrontation between the fanatical Idirans and the communistic Culture, made up of humans ruled by the Mind machines that they have created
The player of games by Iain Banks( Book )
37 editions published between 1198 and 2014 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gurgeh, a champion game player, travels a hundred thousand light years to the Empire of Azad, where the winner of their complex game becomes emperor
The business : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )
42 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,069 WorldCat member 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
Inversions by Iain Banks( Book )
30 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,067 WorldCat member 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 crow road : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )
38 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 1,046 WorldCat member 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
Look to windward by Iain Banks( Book )
26 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,032 WorldCat member 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
The algebraist by Iain Banks( Book )
35 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member 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
Transition by Iain Banks( Book )
30 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member 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
Excession by Iain Banks( Book )
31 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in the Culture universe, this is Iain M. Banks' latest novel, following the success of Feersum Endjinn. The Culture ships strive to retrieve an ancient, powerful artefact before it falls into the hands of their rivals
A song of stone : a novel by Iain Banks( Book )
23 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member 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
The steep approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks( Book )
18 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks's fabulous new novel. The Wopuld family built its fortune on a board game called Empire! -- now a hugely successful computer game. So successful, the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the firm out. Young renegade Alban, who has been evading the family clutches for years, is run to ground and persuaded to attend the forthcoming family gathering -- part birthday party, part Extraordinary General Meeting -- convened by Win, Wopuld matriarch and most powerful member of the board, at Garbadale, the family's highland castle. Being drawn back into the bosom of the clan brings an inevitable and disconcerting confrontation with Alban's past. What drove his mother to take her own life? And is he yet ready to see Sophie, his beautiful, enchanting cousin and teenage love, at the EGM? Grandmother Win's revelations will radically alter Alban's perspective for ever
The quarry by Iain Banks( Book )
19 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care. But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn't Kit's mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy's last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on
The bridge by Iain Banks( Book )
68 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In The Bridge, master storyteller and weaver of worlds, Iain Banks creates a mysterious structure that leads from nowhere to nowhere. Everyone lives on the Bridge, including a man named Orr, devoid of personality or memory, and haunted by dreams of war
Use of weapons by Iain Banks( Book )
59 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks and military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause. But not even its machine could see the horrors in his past"--From publisher description
 
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Alternative Names
Banks, I. 1954-
Banks , Iain
Banks, Iain M.
Banks, Iain M. 1954-
Banks Iain M. 1954-2013
Banks, Iain Menzies.
Banks, Iain Menzies 1954-2013
Bėnks, Iėn.
Bėnks, Iėn 1954-
Bėnks, Iėn 1954-2013
Бэнкс, Иэн 1954-
Бэнкс, Иэн 1954-2013
Бэнкс, Иэн М 1954-2013
バンクス, イアン
バンクス, イアン・M
Languages
English (626)
French (54)
Spanish (38)
Russian (17)
Italian (16)
German (13)
Polish (11)
Dutch (9)
Korean (4)
Czech (3)
Croatian (2)
Danish (2)
Romanian (2)
Swedish (2)
Japanese (1)
Hungarian (1)
Estonian (1)
Greek, Modern (1)
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