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The Player of Games Audio Shortlisted for Galaxy Award

The shortlists for the 2011 Galaxy Awards have been announced today, and The Player of Games, read by Peter Kenny, has been nominated for the Audible.co.uk Best Audiobook Award. 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 […]

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Live Iain Banks Webchat, 13.00 BST today, Friday 8th July

Stuck for something to do this lunchtime, Banks fans? Here you go… The Guardian is holding a live webchat with the man himself at 13.00 hours today. “When we asked you whom you’d like to see more of on the site, one of the names that came up over and over was Iain Banks. And […]

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Use of Weapons tops ‘Best Sci-Fi Films Never Made’ poll

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 […]

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Iain Banks on Desert Island Discs, August 1997

The BBC iPlayer archive has dug up Iain Banks’ guest appearance on the Desert Island Discs show, from way back in August 1997. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer to hear presenter Sue Lawley quiz Iain on what he would have taken to his hypothetical desert island at the back end of the nineties… [Thanks to David H of […]

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Iain Banks Interviewed for Open University

Iain Banks has been interviewed by Derek Neale, Open University lecturer in Creative Writing, for the OU’s OpenLearn website. Here’s the video recording of the interview (available via YouTube) which took place at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last year. Derek talks to Iain about various topics, including the digitisation of books, his writing process and […]

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Banks fans on turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

Mat McD sent in a link back in December (apologies for the delay in posting, Mat, it’s been manic these past few weeks). I’ll let Mat explain: At the book launch for the new Culture novel Surface Detail by Iain M Banks I asked people one question: What do they want to see become science […]

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Iain M Banks SFX Fannish Inquisition

You remember a while back we mentioned that UK Sci-Fi magazine SFX was looking for reader-submitted questions to put to Iain? Turns out the resulting interview was published in the October 20th issue of the magazine, and is available on the SFX website as well: Iain M Banks SFX Fannish Inquisition, part one Iain M […]

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Iain M Banks talks to The View From Here

Mike French, editor of literary magazine The View From Here has been in touch to say: “We interviewed Iain at the Luton Library Theatre before he went on stage, in a half-hour interview which turned out to be both amusing and insightful. The full interview is only available in our printed and digital editions.” Here’s […]

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Surface Detail Debated by the Scotsman Book Club

Iain Banks’ latest Culture novel, Surface Detail, was the subject matter of the Scotsman Book Club last month. Five readers, two of whom (including a former editor of 2000AD) had never encountered a Culture novel before, discuss their reactions over at www.scotsman.com.

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Iain Banks talks to Tim Haigh

Via Tim Haigh Reads Books, Iain Banks talks Surface Detail with interviewer Tim Haigh. Surface Detail Podcast Visit www.timhaighreadsbooks.com for an earlier interview with Iain on the subject of his previous novel, Transition. [Podcast produced and hosted by Green-Shoot.]

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Iain Banks to be Twinterviewed by Waterstones

Waterstones Booksellers (@waterstones will be hosting a Twinterview (that’s a Twitter-based Interview, for the uninitiated) on 19th October and are inviting questions from members of the Twitter-using public (the Twupblic?) To propose a question for Iain, tweet it with the hashtag #mbanks and the Waterstone’s crew will scoop ’em up and pick the best ones […]

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New Marain Alphabet font available to download

Daniel Solis (Art Director by day, Game Designer by night) posted a thread on the Iain Banks forum recently to let Banks fans know that he’s created a new font based on Iain Banks’ Marain alphabet. The font can be downloaded from Daniel’s website at danielsolis.blogspot.com. He’s also posted a video about the creation of […]

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Iain [M] Banks talks to James Rundle for SciFiNow

Iain M. Banks has been interviewed by James Rundle for SciFiNow. Topics of discussion include Iain’s writing history, his take on mainstream literature’s opinion of science fiction, his influences, recommended writers and whether he thinks ebooks will eventaully take over form print media. Read the interview at www.SciFiNow.co.uk. [Another big thank you to David H […]

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Iain [M] Banks talks to Janice Forsyth

Iain was a guest on Janice Forsyth’s show on BBC Radio Scotland on Saturday October 2nd, along with actor and musician Tim Robbins. The interview with Iain kicks in round about 15:50 or so and ranges over a variety of topics, with plenty of background info on the new Culture novel Surface Detail. The show […]

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A Few Early Reviews of Iain M Banks’ Surface Detail

With the publication of Surface Detail just over the horizon (UK: Oct 7th, US: Oct 28th) a few early reviews have started to appear. SFX Magazine said that Surface Detail is “…one of the most entertaining Culture novels for a long time”. Sci-Fi Now Magazine said: “Famed for his profoundly dark and intelligent humour, Iain […]

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