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Iain M. Banks$
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Paul Kincaid

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041013

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252041013.001.0001

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Approaching the WorldGod

Approaching the WorldGod

(p.102) Chapter 4 Approaching the WorldGod
Iain M. Banks

Paul Kincaid

University of Illinois Press

Changes in his personal life, in particular separation from his first wife and the death of his trusted editor James Hale, brought a change in Banks’s fiction. The Algebraist ran directly counter to the innovations he had introduced to space opera. The chapter shows how his best late-period novel, Transition, was written in dialogue with The Steep Approach to Garbadale. It then examines the religious issues underlying the last Culture trilogy, in which the Culture is often peripheral to the action, while ideas about the nature of God, the afterlife and religious texts are central to the novels.

Keywords:   Iain M. Banks, James Hale, The Algebraist, Transition, The Steep Approach to Garbadale, the Culture, religion, death

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