Iain M. Banks by Paul Kincaid Modern Masters of Science Fiction Illinois University Press 2017 Hb: $95 / £82 Pb: $22 / £18.99 order here US / order here UK

Iain M. Banks
by Paul Kincaid

Modern Masters of Science Fiction
Illinois University Press
2017

Hb: $95 / £82
Pb: $22 / £18.99
order here US / order here UK

Kevin Kelsey at Heradas

A concise yet comprehensive literary analysis on the works of the late Iain Banks. Kincaid’s writing functions primarily through illustrating and deconstructing the thematic lineage and interplay between Banks’ novels published with and without the M, but also delves into the deeper political and societal backdrop in which Banks’ wrote and lived.

 

Andreea at Infinite Text

This book has been written with so much passion. Kincaid writes an in-depth analysis as a product of very detailed close reading. 

 

Leticia Lara at Fantastica Ficcion

Kincaid's journey through all works is exhaustive, chronologically placing each publication and relating it to the moment of writing. In this respect the book is brilliant.

 

Ian Sales at It Doesn't Have to be Right ...

[A]fter reading Paul’s book on Banks’s novels, it occurs to me that my problem with Banks is that he rewarded careful reading but his prose was so effortlessly readable that I likely never gave his fiction the depth of reading which generated the most reward. And I reached this conclusion because Paul, a friend of many years, writes about Banks’s novels so well, so readably, that I want to go back to Banks’s books immediately and reread them and discover in them all the depth and goodness identified by Paul which I plainly missed.

 

Russell Letson in Locus, issue 681, October 2017

While Kincaid takes Banks's work seriously, neither the writing nor the viewpoint of his study is academic-hermetic -- he had met and liked his subject and places him in the social world of SF and its fandom... With Paul Kincaid, [Banks is] in pretty good hands.