Iain Banks is an author. He writes regular novels (with a dark and sometimes disgusting slant) and science fiction
novels (with a lighter although still quite dark slant). He always keeps a sense of humour in his writing, which helps quite a bit with some of the more disturbing parts of his imagination (cf, The Wasp Factory
). Mr. Banks is from Edinburgh
His SF writing is set in the utopian paradise (or is it?) of The Culture.