The State of the Art

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M.V. Ziesing, 1989 - Fiction - 122 pages
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User Review  - wissamktb - LibraryThing

I read this collection primarily for the two Culture stories A Gift from the Culture and the titular The State of the Art. The first one was actually pretty good until it ended abruptly and kind of ... Read full review

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User Review  - RobertDay - LibraryThing

Iain Banks was not noted as a short-story writer; this book collects together most of his published short fiction up to 1989. Of the stories in this collection, only two are definitely set in the ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Iain Banks was born in Fife in 1954 and was educated at Stirling University where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. Banks came to widespread and controversial public note with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. He continued to write both mainstream fiction (as Iain Banks) and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks). Banks' mainstream fiction included The Wasp Factory (1984), Walking on Glass (1985), The Bridge (1986), Espedair Street (1987), Canal Dreams (1989), The Crow Road (1992), Complicity (1993), Whit (1995), A Song of Stone (1997), The Business (1999), Dead Air (2002) and The Steep Approach to Garbadale (2007). His final book, The Quarry, was released posthumously on June 20, 2013. Banks died on June 9, 2013 of terminal gall bladder cancer.

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