The first ever collection of Iain Banks´s short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks´s staggering talent.
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in 2013.