I missed this thread first time around as it happened when I was on holiday but interesting that there are a few reading suggestions here as I recently started reading SF again. Like chaz I used to read it a lot then stopped, though not entirely.
Most recent reads have been:
Greg Bear - The Forge of God
and Darwin's Radio
Dan Simmons - Hyperion
and The Fall of Hyperion
Cory Doctorow - Little Brother
and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom[i]
Paolo Bacialupi - [i]The Windup Girl
A few retro books as well but I'm mainly looking for modern suggestions as I'm a bit out of touch with whose worth reading.
Yes, I know. I find it a bit silly though. ...
I have no idea why he does it but I could guess that its a combination of things like, that his 'real' fiction readers wouldn't want to associate with Sci-Fi, that it helps him keep him focussed when writing in the two different genres in does. My take is that much of his fiction is pretty much sci-fi in disguise for the literati to swallow.
I've only read one on his Iain M. Banks books (Player of Games
) but all of the rest.
explains the reasons for the M, or it's lack of as:
Interviewed on Mark Lawson's BBC Four series, first broadcast in Britain on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names. His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks. Despite this he continued to use his middle name, and it may be considered official by adoption. It was as Iain M. Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication; his editor asked if he would mind dropping the 'M' as it appeared "too fussy". The editor also raised concerns about possible confusion with Rosie M. Banks, a minor romantic novelist in P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves novels. Following his three mainstream novels, his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas. To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the 'M'.