Iain Banks

1954 - 2013

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Iain Banks (16 February 1954 – 9 June 2013) was a Scottish author, writing mainstream fiction as Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, adding the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies ( (listen)). After the success of The Wasp Factory (1984), he began to write full time. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, appeared in 1987, marking the start of the Culture series. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Iain Banks has received more than 1,580,607 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Iain Banks is the 3,472nd most popular writer (down from 3,355th in 2019), the 2,575th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,435th in 2019) and the 309th most popular British Writer.

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  • 61.29

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  • 44

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.26

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.80

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Iain Banks ranks 3,472 out of 5,794Before him are Jalal Al-e-Ahmad, Duchess Agnes of Württemberg, Lajos Kassák, Ioan Slavici, Rūdolfs Blaumanis, and Gregory David Roberts. After him are Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Paul Johnson, Jens Bjørneboe, Joan Alcover, Minette Walters, and Leonardo Padura Fuentes.

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Among people born in 1954, Iain Banks ranks 162Before him are Larry Van Kriedt, David Paich, Jeffrey Sachs, Abdelaziz Djerad, Dennis Haysbert, and Yuji Kishioku. After him are Peter J. Ratcliffe, Aleksandr Aksinin, Thomas de Maizière, Antón Lamazares, Sam J. Jones, and Haluk Bilginer. Among people deceased in 2013, Iain Banks ranks 237Before him are George Duke, Nadir Afonso, Miguel Poblet, Jonathan Winters, Ružica Sokić, and Hasse Jeppson. After him are David Frost, Jetty Paerl, Paolo Soleri, Lothar Bisky, Cayetano Ré, and Vivi Bach.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Iain Banks ranks 2,575 out of 6,924Before him are Josephine Butler (1828), Michael Gothard (1939), Stanley Baker (1928), Vic Elford (1935), Alexander Gordon Laing (1794), and John Wilkinson (1728). After him are Paul Johnson (1928), Philip Jackson (1948), Christopher Hill (1912), Julian Sands (1958), Peter J. Ratcliffe (1954), and Minette Walters (1949).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Iain Banks ranks 309Before him are Francis de Laporte de Castelnau (1810), George Gissing (1857), James Guillaume (1844), Gillian Rubinstein (1942), Sue Townsend (1946), and Branwell Brontë (1817). After him are Paul Johnson (1928), Minette Walters (1949), W. W. Jacobs (1863), Frances Burney (1752), John Farey Sr. (1766), and Arthur Waley (1889).