While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Iain Banks books.
- The Player of Games (Culture) (2008)
- Look to Windward (Culture) (2010)
- The WASP FACTORY: A NOVEL (1998)
- State of the Art (1993)
- Excession (1998)
- Iain m banks culture series 10 books collection set (2018)
- Consider Phlebas (Culture) (2008)
- Inversions (1999)
- Surface Detail (Culture) (2011)
- The Crow Road (2013)
- Use of Weapons (Culture) (2008)
- The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture) (2013)
- Matter (Culture) (2009)
- Iain M. Banks Culture – 25th anniversary box set: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons (2012)
- The Algebraist (2005)
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 gamea game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.
Look to Windward (Culture) (2010)
The Twin Novae battle had been one of the last of the Idiran war, and one of the most horrific: desperate to avert their inevitable defeat, the Idirans had induced not one but two suns to explode, snuffing out worlds and biospheres teeming with sentient life. They were attacks of incredible proportion — gigadeathcrimes.
The WASP FACTORY: A NOVEL (1998)
State of the Art (1993)
The first ever collection of Iain M. Banks’s short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella,The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale.
Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been selected by the Culture to undertake a delicate and dangerous mission. The Department of Special Circumstances—the Culture’s espionage and dirty tricks section—has sent him off to investigate a 2,500-year-old mystery: the sudden disappearance of a star fifty times older than the universe itself.
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Consider Phlebas (Culture) (2008)
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.
In the winter palace, the King’s new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can know about. In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, and his means of combating them are more traditional.
Surface Detail (Culture) (2011)
It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.It begins with a murder.And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.Lededje Y’breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit.
The Crow Road (2013)
It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach. Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances.
Use of Weapons (Culture) (2008)
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.
The New York Times bestselling Culture novel The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment.
Matter (Culture) (2009)
In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man 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, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she’d thought abandoned forever.
Iain M. Banks Culture – 25th anniversary box set: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons (2012)
Iain M Banks
The Algebraist (2005)
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 civilisation.
Best Iain Banks Books You Must Read
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The Culture of "The Culture": Utopian Processes in Iain M. Banks’s Space Opera Series
Author(s): Joseph S. Norman
ID: 2954165, Publisher: Liverpool University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 97 Mb, Format: pdf
The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks: A Critical Introduction
Author(s): Simone Caroti
ID: 2550868, Publisher: McFarland, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction)
Author(s): Paul Kincaid
ID: 2340274, Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Year: 2017, Size: 412 Kb, Format: epub
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