Iain M. Banks explains why the Culture will never end

Just a month before his passing, Iain M. Banks did a final interview with the Guardian, and it's a must-read in general. In particular, he answers one of the great longstanding questions about his Culture novels: why didn't he ever write a novel about the fall of the Culture, his massive spacefaring civilization? » 6/17/13 9:40am 6/17/13 9:40am

11 Rules of Good Writing That Iain M. Banks Left as His Legacy

Over the weekend, author Iain M. Banks died of cancer — just two months after announcing that he had less than a year to live. He left behind some of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. Here are eleven Banksian rules of good SF writing, that we would do well to remember long into the future. » 6/10/13 11:03am 6/10/13 11:03am

Most Mind-Blowing Surprise Endings from Science Fiction and Fantasy…

Lots of science fiction and fantasy novels have twist endings — but a few of them have twists so startling, they actually change your understanding of what's been going on in the whole book. The coolest twist endings turn the whole reality of the story on its head and leave you rethinking everything you've read thus… » 5/17/12 3:00pm 5/17/12 3:00pm

Welcome to the Culture, the Galactic Civilization That Iain M. Banks…

Want to get into Iain M. Banks' great Culture series? Here's a handy primer that will introduce you to the Culture, the pan-galactic civilization whose members and ex-members are the subjects of so many Banks novels, including Surface Detail. » 10/13/10 3:30pm 10/13/10 3:30pm

With "Transition," Iain M. Banks Reinvents The Multiverse Novel

Iain M. Banks' latest novel Transition, in bookstores this week, will jelly your brains in brilliant weirdness. Banks turns political world-building on its head in this exciting tale of an Earth-based multiverse in turmoil, where dimension-hopping assassins jockey for power. » 9/23/09 4:26pm 9/23/09 4:26pm