SpaceX launches Formosat-5 satellite, then
DeathRattleSports.comSpaceX launches Formosat-5 satellite, then lands booster on Pacific drone shipDeathRattleSports.comThe ship's name, “Just Read the Instructions,” pays homage to the sentient starships in Iain M. Banks' science-fiction novels. The mission marked the 40th Falcon 9 launch and SpaceX's 12th successful launch in 2017, which has been the California-based ...and more »
Posted on 26 August 2017 | 4:15 pm
Tour De Forth: A journey along the River
Herald ScotlandTour De Forth: A journey along the River Forth from source to sea: Part One - Origin StoriesHerald ScotlandIt's this section of the river I picture when I think of Iain Banks's novel Whit. It was somewhere near here that Banks's heroine Isis Whit climbs into a rubber coracle, before “floating and paddling down this virtually untravelled stretch of twisty ...
Posted on 25 August 2017 | 4:12 pm
Elon Musk Unveils The Official SpaceX
Elon Musk Unveils The Official SpaceX Spacesuit That's Seemingly Inspired By Sci-FiGears Of BizThe company already has drone ships called “Just Read the Instructions” and “Of Course I Still Love You,” both borrowed from the works of Iain M. Banks, so it's no wonder its spacesuit looks as if it's straight out of a Ridley Scott film. The spacesuit ...and more »
Posted on 25 August 2017 | 1:06 pm
Renfrewshire's Autumn What's On Guide has
Renfrewshire 24 NewsRenfrewshire's Autumn What's On Guide has something to entertain all the young dudesRenfrewshire 24 NewsAnd to mark the 30th anniversary of the novel, Espedair Street, by Iain Banks, the late author's life and his first book, which was set in Paisley, is celebrated with words, music, food and whisky, at an event in Paisley Town Hall, hosted by local ...
Posted on 25 August 2017 | 2:39 am
Spirit behind Ian Banks society - The Times
The TimesSpirit behind Ian Banks societyThe TimesIain Banks is best known for a back catalogue of award-winning fiction — as well as a penchant for a dram or two. Now, a society established to honour the Scots writer wants to explore the presence of malt whisky in his award-winning books and the ...
Posted on 16 August 2017 | 4:04 pm
The poetry of Iain Banks
Before his death, bestselling Scottish author Iain Banks decided to published his poetry with his friend and science fiction writer Ken MacLeod. The result is Poems by Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod.
Posted on 9 April 2015 | 6:27 pm
Greenock siblings are far-travelled
FIFTY years ago the Rev Lachlan MacLeod, his wife Jetta and their six children left the Island of Lewis and made their way to their new home in Denholm Street, Greenock.
Posted on 8 April 2015 | 9:53 am
Morning Star :: Incredibly true to our times
RADICAL science fiction and fantasy flourished in the 1980s, a decade of economic insecurity, aggressive foreign policies and cant about “the enemy within.”
Posted on 28 March 2015 | 8:01 pm
Highland hero of poetry hailed 250 years on
HE IS dubbed the Highlands’ most famous literary son. James Macpherson was – like modern-day Scots JK Rowling, Iain Banks, Christopher Brookmyre and Ian Rankin – a bestseller of his day.
Posted on 28 March 2015 | 5:15 pm
Festival adaptation of Lanark well worth the
Published in 1981, it remains a benchmark for Scottish literature and inspired a new generation of Scottish writers from Janice Galloway to AL Kennedy and Iain Banks. I’ve been simmering with anticipation since I discovered playwright David Greig and ...
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 8:33 pm
Five things you need to know today!
Today South Queensferry author Ken MacLeod is appearing to present the book of Iain Banks’ poems he has combined with some of his own poetry. Usually MacLeod is himself a renowned science fiction writer, so this is a bit of a departure for him.
Posted on 23 August 2015 | 4:01 pm
Alasdair Gray's Lanark hits the stage:
Irvine Welsh, Ali Smith, Iain Banks and AL Kennedy are among those who have testified to its influence. To those names one can add Graham Eatough and David Greig. It has been a “long-held dream” for the pair to stage Lanark. Greig, who is Scotland’s ...
Posted on 18 August 2015 | 10:38 pm
Tartan Noir – 10 top crime writers, and
Who is your favourite author? Iain Banks, especially because he was like a two-for-one thanks to his sci-fi novels. I found him very inspiring in my adolescent years and he continued to inspire me, whereas some authors can only do that for a little while.
Posted on 15 August 2015 | 10:55 am
Book Club: Shari Low opens the pages of the
My favourite? An evocative, exquisite photo of Iain Banks that is, in Chris’s words, “the most poignant of the series”. Reader's choice: Stephen McCarthy, Glasgow Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch. This is a fabulous thriller from Dutch ...
Posted on 14 August 2015 | 7:08 pm
Open Question: Best Iain Banks book?
Posted on 4 April 2014 | 12:25 am
Resolved Question: What is your favourite
Thanks for your answers.
Posted on 9 June 2013 | 7:39 am
Resolved Question: What is on the front
Posted on 31 March 2011 | 4:53 am
Resolved Question: The wasp factory by Iain
Did Frank really get bitten by a dog when he was younger or was his dad lying to cover up the fact that he is a girl?
Posted on 8 November 2010 | 12:29 am
Resolved Question: Iain M Banks Player of
So after reading Iain M Banks, there was only one thing that was bothering me.
Who was the girl who told Gurgeh 'You will win!'
we never found out, and i guess im not clever enough to figure out who it was, but it must have been someone within contact, reason being:
she took gurgeh behind a column where no one could see them, then held the place on gurgeh's shoulder where his mic was. She disabled contact's mic, and then told him he would win, which was true.
At least i believe she was part of contact.
Who do you think she was? Yay, one of the two 'fluzies' from later in the story? Say who and let me know why! Thanks =D
Posted on 10 July 2010 | 7:12 am