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Iain M. Banks

Paul Kincaid


This is the first book-length study of the entire oeuvre of Scottish novelist Iain Banks. While it concentrates on the science fiction as by Iain M. Banks, in particular his novels of the Culture, it demonstrates stylistic, structural, thematic and political links between these and the supposedly realist novels. It places his work in the context of contemporary Scottish literature, the Scottish fantastic, looks at his deliberate overturning of the usual cultural and political norms associated with space opera, and proposes that the Culture novels contain a counter-narrative to the usual utopia ... More

Keywords: Iain Banks, Iain M. Banks, science fiction, Scottish literature, Scottish fantastic, space opera, utopia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041013
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252041013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Kincaid, author