November 29th, 2013 in Awards & Accolades
Iain Banks' books account for two of the top ten books Scottish novels of the last 50 years as voted by the public.
As part of Book Week Scotland 2013, The Scottish Books Trust conducted a poll to find the 10 Favourite Scottish Novels of the Last 50 Years. Members of the public were invited to visit the Book Week Scotland website to choose from a shortlist of 50 titles compiled by author and literary critic Stuart Kelly in collaboration with Scottish Book Trust. The shortlisted novels were carefully selected in an attempt to reflect the depth and breadth of the journey Scottish writing has taken over the last half century.
You can see the full shortlist on the Scottish Book Trust website.
This year's awards will be announced on 4th November. In the meantime, The Player of Games is available as an audio download from Audible.co.uk, Audible.com (for US-based listeners) and the iTunes store.
If you're as keen as we are to see a Banks book on the final list of 25 that will be sent out to thousands of participating readers, you can do your bit to make that happen by creating an account on the worldbooknight.org website and then choosing The Wasp Factory as one of your favourite books.
Voting closes on the 31st of August, folks.
UK-based tech news website The Register has been running an online poll, asking it's readers to nominate the 'best sci-fi films never made'; books that have so far, somehow, been over-looked by Hollywood's movie moguls in favour of yet a.n.other sequel and / or re-hash.
And the winner, by a significant margin, was our very own Iain M. Banks' Use of Weapons.
The Register reports:
"The 50 candidates attracted a whopping 27,088 votes, with the winner securing 10,032. Runner-up was Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Mote In God's Eye, which was honoured with 7,099 votes. You can see the full results right here.
Worth noting that Consider Phlebas, Excession, The Player of Games and The Algebraist also featured, polling a few hundred votes between them. But it's clearly Use of Weapons that people want to see on the big screen.
Hollywood movie moguls, take note!
June 23rd, 2010 in Awards & Accolades
From the announcement on the Awards website:
The Award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction.
It looks like a particularly strong Finalists list this year, although of course we're all rooting for a Transition win.
Iain's latest Culture novel, Matter - currently available in the UK, US and Australia in Orbit paperback - has been shortlisted for the 2009 Prometheus Award.
This award is given by the Libertarian Futurist Society in recognition of the best pro-freedom novel published during the previous year.
The award will be presented during Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, which takes place from August 6-10, 2009, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
Congratulations to Iain on his nomination!
Iain Banks has been named alongside 49 other British literary luminaries in the (London) Times' list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
In their quick summary of Mr Banks' achievements to-date, they note:
"Although reviewers of Iain Banks
The Steep Approach to Garbadale is one of six short-listed novels, all of which were first published in 2007, that have been nominated for the inaugural award. Fingers crossed!