To say that Banks is Britain's best writer of science fiction would be to understate the case. He's simply one of our best novelists, whatever the genre. Read him
At last SF as it should be written!... If you aren't as yet familiar with these works I urge you to become so at your earliest opportunity.
There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness
In many ways his best yet... rich, vivid and great fun.