Plot summary[ edit ] The Culture and the Idiran Empire are at war in a galaxy-spanning conflict. They instruct him to retrieve the Mind. However, the Idiran starship on which he is travelling is soon attacked by a Culture vessel, and Horza is ejected. He is forced to fight and kill one of the crew to earn a place. The captain, Kraiklyn, leads them on two disastrous pirate raids in which several of the crew perish. After the second raid Horza is taken prisoner by a cult living on an island on the orbital Vavatch.
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Early life[ edit ] Banks was born in Dunfermline , Fife , to a mother who was a professional ice skater and a father who was an officer in the Admiralty. An only child, Banks lived in North Queensferry until the age of nine, near the naval dockyards in Rosyth where his father was based.
These posts supported his writing throughout his twenties and allowed him to take long breaks between contracts, during which time he travelled through Europe and North America. His editor at Macmillan, James Hale, advised him to write one book a year and Banks agreed to this schedule. Banks cited Robert A. Heinlein , Isaac Asimov , Arthur C. Clarke , Brian Aldiss , M.
John Harrison and Dan Simmons as literary influences. Banks published work under two names. His parents had intended to name him "Iain Menzies Banks", but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and "Iain Banks" became the officially registered name.
Banks , a romantic novelist in the Jeeves novels by P. Wodehouse ; Banks agreed to the omission. His twenty-seventh novel The Quarry was published posthumously.
Banks reaffirmed his atheism during his Saturday Live appearance, whereby he explained that death is an important "part of the totality of life" and should be treated realistically, instead of feared.
Theatre[ edit ] Banks was involved in the theatre production The Curse of Iain Banks that was written by Maxton Walker  and was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in Lloyd also composed the score for a spoken word and musical production of the Banks novel The Bridge  which Banks himself voiced and featured a cast of forty musicians released on cd by Codex Records in Iain bashes out melodies on his state-of-the-art Apple Mac in Edinburgh and sends them down to me in Chester where I put them onto my Atari.
As a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill ,  he was an open supporter of Scottish independence. Banks explained that the Scottish independence movement was motivated by co-operation and "just seem to be more communitarian than the consensus expressed by the UK population as a whole".
In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street —in a Socialist Review interview, Banks explained that his passport protest occurred after he "abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns.
In a letter to The Guardian newspaper, Banks stated that he had instructed his agent to turn down any further book translation deals with Israeli publishers: Appeals to reason, international law, U. I would urge all writers, artists and others in the creative arts, as well as those academics engaging in joint educational projects with Israeli institutions, to consider doing everything they can to convince Israel of its moral degradation and ethical isolation, preferably by simply having nothing more to do with this outlaw state.
Banks returned to Edinburgh and dated another woman for two years until she left him. Iain and Annie reconciled a year later and moved to Fife. Banks exchanged all of the vehicles for a Lexus RX h hybrid — later replaced by a diesel Toyota Yaris — and said in the future he would fly only in emergencies. The title was his own creation and on 3 October Banks accepted a T-shirt decorated with this title. Limiting Factor and Pressure Drop are two of the ship names in the series.