Humanity’s future is blister-free calluses! — Iain M. Banks interviewed

According to our friends over at the Cable News Network:

Author Iain M. Banks, whose “Culture” nov­els have made him one of sci­ence fiction’s lead­ing lights, has cre­ated a uto­pi­an uni­verse where altru­ist­ic robot space­ships care for genet­ic­ally-enhanced humanoids, where no one wants for any­thing and where people are freed from the chores of daily life to express them­selves as they choose.

I fin­ished Matter (as an audiobook) not two months ago. ‘Rip’ and ‘roar­ing’ spring to the fin­gers.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

3 thoughts on “Humanity’s future is blister-free calluses! — Iain M. Banks interviewed”

  1. Although I some­times find him too verb­ose, IMB is one of the greatest SF authors. The Culture uni­verse is espe­cially appeal­ing — I love his descrip­tion of it in that inter­view as ‘my sec­u­lar heav­en’.

  2. I became a fan of IMB through his cul­ture books, but some of it just goes on and on, ‘the play­er of games’ in par­tic­u­lar. It sets out the same scene about 10 times just in dif­fer­ent ways, even­tu­ally made it to the end with that one, Use of weapons is ace though

  3. Thanks for your com­ments, Foomandoonian and Richard.

    Now I’m look­ing for­ward to finally see­ing that inter­view! I’ve been mark­ing all morn­ing…

    IMB cer­tainly can write lengthy fic­tion. There were some moments in Matter where expos­i­tion made the story sag a little, but Mr Banks picked it up shortly there­after. I’ve got a couple of old Culture books hanging around; look­ing for­ward to them.

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