Tag: Iain M Banks

Steeple cover reveal + other cover art

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for “Steeple”, the sequel to my debut novel “Barricade”. This cover, and that of Barricade, are the work of Lisa Brewster from Black Sheep. All hail her mighty skills! I admit that I started thinking about covers the moment I was signed to Gollancz. I remember my editor, Simon, bringing up the subject…




Science and fiction: why we need dystopia

Every now and then another article appears about a scientist, futurist or engineer who has a beef with gloomy scifi. The latest I’ve encountered appeared in Wired Magazine, where Professor Keith Hjelmstad lamented the “wet blanket” effect that dystopian science fiction apparently has on scientific innovation. My instinctive reaction to such claims is part surprise,…