A previously unpublished interview with Iain M. Banks about The Culture

Gramm838

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Interesting that he is not overly influenced/interested/agreeable to a lot of things the interview clearly thinks he should be!

I have enjoyed every one of his books even though I couldn't agree less with his socialist politics (his views on Thatcher are, to my mind, completely wrong), but I do think that the de-masculinisation of the Culture is a precursor to whats happening in our (real) world - man bad, woman good, seems to be the current worldview.

I have always felt that IMB was actually having a bit of a joke at our expense when he wrote his books, as a lot of them are circular in that they end where they started - especially The Algebraist (not a Culture novel I know), which is effectively a book with the total of zero (a lot of stuff happens, but everything ends up back where it all began)
 

clovis-man

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Interesting that he is not overly influenced/interested/agreeable to a lot of things the interview clearly thinks he should be!

I have enjoyed every one of his books even though I couldn't agree less with his socialist politics (his views on Thatcher are, to my mind, completely wrong), but I do think that the de-masculinisation of the Culture is a precursor to whats happening in our (real) world - man bad, woman good, seems to be the current worldview.
If you want a clear view of his politics, read his traversal of Scottish distilleries: Raw Spirit. He doesn't mince words.
 
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Very interesting read. Thank you for the link !

EDIT : oops, sorry for the necro... I didn't see this thread was this old.
 
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