Thursday, August 09, 2018

Iain M. Banks on FS and hell

“I think a lot of people are frightened of technology and frightened of change, and the way to deal with something you're frightened of is to make fun of it. That's why science fiction fans are dismissed as geeks and nerds.”

 - Iain M. Banks

 Do read this interview, it’s very interesting if you’re interested in SF and culture and literature.

1 comment:

Russ said...

Although I have yet to read Ian M. Banks, I found the interview interesting. I noticed that there were many references to William Gibson, one of my favorite SF authors. Do you know of any reason why that was the case? Do Banks and Gibson have similar writing styles?

I can understand why people are afraid of technology and change. Adjusting to flying in planes as opposed to traveling with horses then trains then cars is one thing, but the rate of change is increasing at an ever increasing rate. I used to write computer programs on punch cards and now AI is all the rage and we are on the brink of quantum computing. We currently have the technology to clone ourselves. No other generation in human history can come close to this rate of change.