A previously unpublished interview with Iain M. Banks about The Culture

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  1. Vince W

    Vince W Well-Known Member

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    VALIS13 and Brian G Turner like this.
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    Gramm838 Well-Known Member

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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)
     
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    clovis-man Prehistoric Irish Cynic

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    If you want a clear view of his politics, read his traversal of Scottish distilleries: Raw Spirit. He doesn't mince words.
     
  4. Vince W

    Vince W Well-Known Member

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    I have been meaning to pick that one up for ages.
     
  5. anto-shturmovik

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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.
     
  6. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    Nothing wrong with that at all, and welcome to chronicles. :)
     
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