History Creator / IainBanks

2nd Jun '16 4:26:26 AM SorPepita
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->''...a story which both embraces and rejects the romanticism of space adventure; a story which unsettles as often as it thrills.''

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->''... a story which both embraces and rejects the romanticism of space adventure; a story which unsettles as often as it thrills.''
20th Jan '16 11:46:13 PM PaulA
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Banks was happy to borrow ideas from all over the Science field. Sometimes this complexity gets out of hand. ''Feersum Endjinn'' is perhaps an example when the special effects take over and the story gets lost.

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Banks was happy to borrow ideas from all over the Science field. Sometimes this complexity gets out of hand. ''Feersum Endjinn'' ''Literature/FeersumEndjinn'' is perhaps an example when the special effects take over and the story gets lost.



* ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' (1994)

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* ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' (1993)
* ''Literature/FeersumEndjinn''
(1994)
20th Jan '16 10:12:18 PM PaulA
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* {{BFG}}: In ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'', a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters.
20th Jan '16 10:00:56 PM PaulA
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* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Banks and fellow Scottish science fiction writer Creator/{{Ken MacLeod}} in real life.
20th Jan '16 10:00:01 PM PaulA
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* TheAtoner: Cheradenine Zakalwe
* BatmanGambit: The Culture is forever manipulating people. Manipulation features in many of his novels.
* {{BFG}}: Culture guns. In ''State of the Art'' there is the darkly amusing case of a {{BFG}} that is a smart gun -- considerably smarter than the wielder, in fact.
** The joke about the gun being smarter than the person wielding it was repreated in ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' when a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters.

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* TheAtoner: Cheradenine Zakalwe
* BatmanGambit: The Culture is forever manipulating people. Manipulation features in many of his novels.
* {{BFG}}: Culture guns. In ''State of the Art'' there is the darkly amusing case of a {{BFG}} that is a smart gun -- considerably smarter than the wielder, in fact.
** The joke about the gun being smarter than the person wielding it was repreated in ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' when
''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'', a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: ''Look to Windward''
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Look to Windward'' has eight viewpoint characters.
* MindRape: When a multimillion ton starship derided with the name ''Meatfucker'' comes after your grey cells, it ain't pretty.



* PhysicalGod: The Minds. [[DeusEstMachina "We are close to gods, and on the far side."]]



* SociopathicHero: Turn up here and there in a lot of novels, particularly anything to do with Special Circumstances. And a ''lot'' of [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]].

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* SociopathicHero: Turn up here and there in a lot of novels, particularly anything to do with Special Circumstances.novels. And a ''lot'' of [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]].



* SuperweaponSurprise
** The apparently helpless zeppelin-like Behemothaur natives of the airsphere have some big brothers, who will see that your species goes extinct if you mess with their charges.
** The Dwellers' hidden goodies in ''The Algebraist''.

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* SuperweaponSurprise
** The apparently helpless zeppelin-like Behemothaur natives of the airsphere have some big brothers, who will see that your species goes extinct if you mess with their charges.
**
SuperweaponSurprise: The Dwellers' hidden goodies in ''The Algebraist''.



* WarIsGlorious: There's just too much delight in the hardware and what it can do to avoid this one, though the Culture consciously tries to avoid this -- among other things, their warships are dubbed "Thug", "Torturer", "Murderer" class, where other cultures would choose the likes of "Vengeance" or "Glory".

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* WarIsGlorious: There's just too much delight in the hardware and what it can do to avoid this one, though the Culture consciously tries to avoid this -- among other things, their warships are dubbed "Thug", "Torturer", "Murderer" class, where other cultures would choose the likes of "Vengeance" or "Glory".one.
20th Jan '16 9:51:17 PM PaulA
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: both ''Consider Phlebas'' and ''Look to Windward'' draw their titles from TSEliot's ''TheWasteland''.



* OutsideContextVillain: Sort of. It's hard to figure out what the Excession are, which is the point. They are the TropeNamer, after all.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Many Culture dwellers. Cheradenine Zakalwe and Diziet Sma from ''Literature/UseOfWeapons''; Ngaroe Qi Ria from "Literature/TheHydrogenSonata" is, according to rumour, older than the Culture.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Excession. Maybe. If you get in the road of the damn thing.



* TheVirus: The Excession again.



* ZeroGSpot
** Bringing a new meaning to re-entry in ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas''.
** Of course there was that one unusual docking incident in ''Literature/{{Excession}}''...
20th Jan '16 9:36:50 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheWaspFactory''
* ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas''
* ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames''
* ''Literature/UseOfWeapons''
* ''Literature/{{Excession}}''
* ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground''
* ''Literature/{{Transition}}''
* ''Literature/{{Matter}}''
* ''Literature/SurfaceDetail''
* ''Literature/TheHydrogenSonata''

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* ''Literature/TheWaspFactory''
''Literature/TheWaspFactory'' (1984)
* ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas''
''Literature/TheCulture'' series
** ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' (1987)
** ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'' (1988)
** ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'' (1990)
** ''Literature/{{Excession}}'' (1996)
** ''Literature/{{Matter}}'' (2008)
** ''Literature/SurfaceDetail'' (2010)
** ''Literature/TheHydrogenSonata'' (2012)
* ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames''
''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' (1994)
* ''Literature/UseOfWeapons''
* ''Literature/{{Excession}}''
* ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground''
* ''Literature/{{Transition}}''
* ''Literature/{{Matter}}''
* ''Literature/SurfaceDetail''
* ''Literature/TheHydrogenSonata''
''Literature/{{Transition}}'' (2009)



* ImAHumanitarian: Very nasty arc in ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas''. As one otherwise hardened reviewer put it "I can't believe this is happening".
14th Dec '15 4:52:08 AM moloch
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On April 3rd 2013, Iain Banks announced [[http://www.orbitbooks.net/2013/04/03/a-personal-statement-from-iain-banks/ that he had cancer]], and only a few months left to live.

Only two months later, on 9th of June 2013, [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22835047 news broke]] that he had passed away, much to the dismay of his fans.

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On April 3rd 2013, Iain Banks announced [[http://www.orbitbooks.net/2013/04/03/a-personal-statement-from-iain-banks/ that he had gall-bladder cancer]], and only a few months left to live.

Only
live. And indeed, only two months later, on 9th of June 2013, [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22835047 news broke]] that he had passed away, much to the dismay of his fans.was gone]].
29th Nov '15 9:57:44 AM morenohijazo
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* {{BFG}}: Culture guns. In ''State of the Art'' there is the darkly amusing case of a {{BFG}} that is a smart gun -- considerably smarter than the wielder, in fact.
** The joke about the gun being smarter than the person wielding it was repreated in ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' when a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Look to Windward'' has eight viewpoint characters.



* {{BFG}}: Culture guns. In ''State of the Art'' there is the darkly amusing case of a {{BFG}} that is a smart gun -- considerably smarter than the wielder, in fact.
** The joke about the gun being smarter than the person wielding it was repreated in ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' when a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters.

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* {{BFG}}: Culture guns. In ''State of the Art'' there is the darkly amusing case of a {{BFG}} that is a smart gun -- considerably smarter than the wielder, in fact.
** The joke about the gun being smarter than the person wielding it was repreated in ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' when a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it
LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Look to Windward'' has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters. eight viewpoint characters.


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* MovingBuildings: In the short story collection ''The State of the Art'', opening tale "The Road of Skulls" features a pair of pilgrims trying to reach a city. The city is actually on huge wheels and is perpetually moving away from them, laying the road they're traveling on.
20th Aug '15 2:20:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** The joke about the gun being smarter than the person wielding it was repreated in ''AgainstADarkBackground'' when a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters.

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** The joke about the gun being smarter than the person wielding it was repreated in ''AgainstADarkBackground'' ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' when a group of solipsistic mercenaries dump an advanced weapon that they have been gifted after falsely assuming that it has run out of ammo. Previously they had used it to shoot down several jet fighters.
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