Banksoniain 4

Issue 4 of this new(ish) Iain (M.) Banks fanzine is available for download (PDF, 218kb). (Thanks for the heads-up, Dave.) Older issues are available from the homepage. Lots and lots of Banksie trivia, plus discussion of Consider Phlebas, notes on the publicity tour for The Algebraist (which I missed out on due to a conspicuous lack of dates in the south-west), and news of the DVD release of The Crow Road which I’d like to see.

(Posting this, I look through my sf posts and realise I don’t write enough on this topic. My degree thesis centred on SF, so I must be able to come up with something interesting to say on the subject. BTW, I’m not going to publish the dissertation here. The word “postmodernism” is used far too often for comfort.)

Images from IMB

A guy called Chris Lynas used to host a website called Excession that had lots of graphics inspired by the work of Iain M Banks.

Feli Vitrouv from Look to Windward

This disappeared from the net a while ago, but it’s now found a new home – at There’s some of his older stuff there (including the version of the Salwowski cover of “The State of the Art” (pictured below) and a couple of new bits too, and he promises to keep it updated a bit more often.

Version of Mark Salwowski's State of the Art cover

His images are available in various sizes – suitable for use as desktop wallpapers – and he is fine about use of the images for personal use – details are on his front page.