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    • Publication date:16 Feb 2015

Poems

By Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod

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The collected poetry of Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod

Iain Banks is celebrated as a novelist and science fiction writer. It is less well known that his first published work was the poem '041', in New Writing Scotland in 1983. Like the poems that appeared within his novels, this was selected from the many he had written between 1973 and 1981.

Banks took his poetry seriously and worked on it assiduously, but showed it mostly to friends. He first thought of publishing his poetry late in 2012, though insisted it be a joint collection with his life-long friend Ken MacLeod. The two writers were working on this project when Banks learned of his terminal diagnosis, and continued thereafter. He made his final revisions just days before his death.

Readers of Iain Banks' novels will find in the poems a further affirmation of the humane, sceptical and clear-eyed sensibility that informed all his work, shot through as ever with a dry wit that continues to disturb and delight.

Ken MacLeod edited and introduces this collection.

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[Banks's] verse is angry and rough, with phrases punctuated to smithereens; it truly lives — Sunday Telegraph
Experimental and angry, studded with sex and violence, puns, myths, gods and apocalyptic warfare. There's space for beauty too — Telegraph
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Kate Tough
Authors:
Kate Tough

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Morgan Parker
Authors:
Morgan Parker

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The Carrying

Ada Limón
Authors:
Ada Limón

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Ada Limón
Authors:
Ada Limón

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Chigozie Obioma
Authors:
Chigozie Obioma

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Orbit

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Ken MacLeod
Authors:
Ken MacLeod

Three books in one!The Corporation Wars trilogy is an epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space - a robot's eye view of a robot revolt Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a thousand years ago, he's been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he's not sure he's fighting for the right side. Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience. Gathering with other 'freebots', Seba is taking a stand against the corporations that want it and its kind gone.As their stories converge against a backdrop of warring companies and interstellar drone combat, Carlos and Seba must either find a way to rise above the games their masters are playing, or die. And even dying will not be the end of it.Collects the three novels in the Corporation Wars trilogy - Dissidence, Insurgence and Emergence.Praise for Ken MacLeod'Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes . . . watch this man go global'Peter F. Hamilton'MacLeod's novels are fast, funny and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these: he is writing revolutionary SF. A nova has appeared in our sky'Kim Stanley Robinson'MacLeod is up there with Banks and Hamilton as one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read'SFX

Virago

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Niviaq Korneliussen
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Niviaq Korneliussen
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Ask a Manager

Alison Green
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Alison Green
Hachette Audio

Blackfish City

Sam J. Miller
Authors:
Sam J. Miller

***A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2018******A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF 2018*** 'Incisive and beautifully written . . . Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder' - Ann Leckie, Hugo, Nebula and Clarke Award-winning author'Sam Miller is a fiercely strong writer, and this book is a blast' - Daryl Gregory, World Fantasy Award-winning author'It's too early in the year to begin assembling 2018's 'best of' list, but Blackfish City has got to be an early contender' - Starburst*****After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering it is now rife with corruption and the population simmers with unrest. Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor - a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will change Blackfish City forever.DISTURBING, POWERFUL AND FEARLESSLY IMAGINED, BLACKFISH CITY IS A MESMERISING NOVEL FROM A REMARKABLE NEW VOICE IN SCIENCE FICTION*****'A compelling dystopian thriller' Guardian'I haven't been this swept away by imagination and worldbuilding since Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials' - Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award-nominated author of Her Body and other Parties'An urgent tale . . . wrapped in an action-packed science fiction thriller' - Washington Post'An ambitious, imaginative and big-hearted dystopian ensemble story that's by turns elegiac and angry' - Publisher's Weekly'This is the kind of swirling, original sci-fi we live for' - B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

Constable

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Angela Huth
Authors:
Angela Huth

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Rob Boffard
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Rob Boffard
Little, Brown

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Jane Harper
Authors:
Jane Harper

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Orbit

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Elizabeth Moon
Authors:
Elizabeth Moon

When Admiral Kylara Vatta and a ship full of strangers were marooned on an inhospitable arctic island, they uncovered secrets that someone on Ky's planet was ready to kill to keep hidden. Now, the existence of the mysterious arctic base has been revealed, but the organisation behind it still lurks in the shadows, doing all it can to silence her.It is up to the intrepid Ky to force the perpetrators into the light, and uncover decades' worth of secrets - some of which lie at the very heart of her family's greatest tragedy.

Little, Brown Young Readers US

Hey Black Child

Useni Eugene Perkins, Bryan Collier
Contributors:
Useni Eugene Perkins, Bryan Collier

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Fleet

Prairie Fires

Caroline Fraser
Authors:
Caroline Fraser

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Louise Erdrich
Authors:
Louise Erdrich

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Orbit

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Ken MacLeod
Authors:
Ken MacLeod

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Orbit

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Ann Leckie
Authors:
Ann Leckie

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Hachette Audio

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Jamie Sawyer
Authors:
Jamie Sawyer

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Piatkus

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Authors:
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