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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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Aftermath

Aftermath

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(p.138) Chapter 5 Aftermath
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Iain M. Banks
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Paul Kincaid

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252041013.003.0005

The very different obituaries that followed the death of Iain Banks provide a key to the varied influences and ideas in his work, such as humanism and politics, the importance of community and the equality of women. The chapter also considers dramatizations of his work and the influence of music. The formative influence of Banks on late-century science fiction is examined, highlighting the way he shaped the new space opera and the so-called British renaissance. Critical approaches to his work are compared, before finally drawing attention to the centrality of fun in his work.

Keywords:   Iain Banks, death, humanism, politics, community, women’s equality, drama, music, science fiction, new space opera, British sf renaissance, critical approaches, fun

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