Iain Banks

Iain Banks Large
Born: February 16th, 1954

Occupation: Fiction / Science Fiction Writer

Iain Banks was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, 1954 and was educated at Stirling University where he read English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. He moved to London and lived in the south of England. It was there that he sprang to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984.

Since then he has gained enormous and popular critical acclaim with further works of both fiction and science fiction. in 1996 his number one bestseller, The Crow Road, was adapted for television. His latest fiction novel, Dead Air, was published in 2002, with his latest science fiction novel, The Algebraist, following in 2004.

The Times has acclaimed Iain Banks ‘the most imaginative British novelist of his generation’.

He is a very intelligent and respected man, but that doesn’t stop him from living life to the fullest. When he’s not writing, driving fast cars or hanging out with friends, he is playing his guitar or keyboard. Married in 1992, he currently lives in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth. His next book will be a mainstream novel called The Steep Approach to Garbadale and is due for publication in March 2007.

Iain Banks:

In religion there is only the way of death, whereas we Godless dare to strike out for ourselves.

The Universe says simply, but with every possible complication, ‘Existence’ and it neither pressures us nor draws us out, except as we allow. It all boils down to nothing, and where we have the means and will to fix our reference within that flux, then there we are. Let me be part of that outrageous chaos… and I am.

Comments (One comment)

darkeros / February 23rd, 2007, 12:15 pm / #1

This is section is a great addition to your blog… “Athiest of the Week”. Not only interesting, but gives people a reality check that they are not alone; that there are highly intelligent individuals living fully integrated lives as strong contributors to the social fabric of our time. Yes, this is the real living in the NOW.

Great contribution, Sean! and…. great writing, Laurence.

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