Iain Banks is a Scottish novelist who writes science fiction as Iain M. Banks, adding his middle initial, to differentiate between his regular literary fiction and his science fiction novels. He is perhaps best known for his The Culture series of books. Banks has been named one of “The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945″ by The Times daily newspaper in the UK.

Banks made his debut as a published author with The Wasp Factory in 1984. Since that time, he has split his time between his Culture books (the series started in ’87) and standalone novels such as Stonemouth. Below is a list of Iain M. Banks’ books in order of publication and in chronological order:

Publication Order of The Culture Books


Consider Phlebas(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Player of Games(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Use of Weapons(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Excession(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inversions(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Look to Windward(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Matter(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Surface Detail(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hydrogen Sonata(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Wasp Factory(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Walking on Glass(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bridge(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Espedair Street(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Canal Dreams(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crow Road(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Complicity(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Against a Dark Background(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Feersum Endjinn(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Whit(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Song of Stone(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Business(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Air(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Algebraist(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Steep Approach to Garbadale(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Transition(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stonemouth(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • Jeff J

    Bank’s last novel was The Quarry, published in 2013, just after his death.

  • https://monkspoint.wordpress.com Felonious Monk

    And let’s not forget “The State of the Art” 1993 (I think)