The topics of Markéta's books are the mysteries of the natural sciences, which she approaches through fiction.
Quantum mechanics, genetics, neuroscience and hypnosis are presented in the everyday setting of interpersonal relationships, often incorporating black humour
and a touch of the absurd.
The The Magpie in the Realm of Entropy, which popularises the laws of physics, became a bestseller and was awarded the
Magnesia Litera Discovery of the Year prize.
Her latest, Minutia, is a novel from the milieu of biological research, and explores the genetic origins of our behaviour and the motives behind our family relationships.
The book was awarded the Ceska Kniha Prize.
Marketa Bankova is represented by Prague Literary Agency.
Holding a degree in Fine Art (Printmaking and New Media, her student page) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, she provides her own illustrations to her books.
In her work as an artist she also crosses the boundaries of multiple genres. Markéta experiments with these innovatively, most notably in the form of net-art.
Her New York City Map (www.nycmap.com), an emotional walk through New York, is a forerunner of Google Street Maps, with the difference that the included
photographs are presented in the context of authentic sounds and diary entries from NYC. The Scribble program (http://www.initialnews.com/scribble)
amounts to something like a visual commentary on the CNN webpage, which it covers in real time with digital drawings reflecting the content of the
current main news items.