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Iain Banks FAQ
The man who indirectly spawned all this bollocks
added 2004 may 04 by Martin
Who is he?
Iain Banks is a Scottish writer, born in Dumfermline in 1954. An only child, he read English at Stirling University. After leaving university in 1975 he had several jobs before moving to London in 1979 in search of work. Whilst in London he had The Wasp Factory accepted and published and became a professional writer. He now lives in Edinburgh.
Here is a brief autobiography.
What does he look like?
What does the M stand for?
The M stands for Menzies, pronounced ming-iss.
What has he written?
The Wasp Factory (1984)
What stories are in The State of the Art?
A Gift From The Culture (1987)
Does IMB have an entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (ed. Clute & Nicholls)?
Yes, click here.
Does John Clute have anything else to say about IMB?
Yes, click here.
Have any of IMB's works been filmed?
Yes. The Crow Road was made into a TV series in 1996 by the BBC and shown on BBC2. It is available on video,
The IMDB entry for The Crow Road is here.
Complicity was made into a film in 2000. It is available on video and DVD.
The IMDB entry for Complicity is here.
Both were attapted from IMB's novels by Bryan Elsley.
PoG, ES and tB are all in preproduction of one stage or another. Of these Espedair Street is the only one that looks likely to be made in the near future.
What is Personal Effects?
A CD of IMB's favourite songs released as part of the EMI Songbook Series. The tracklisting is:
1. Don't Bang The Drum - The Waterboys
What are IMB's favourite sf novels?
This is IMB's top ten sf novels as published in Arena (UK):
1. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlen
Where can I speak to people about IMB online?