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Brian W. Aldiss

I have just signed and delivered the contract which means I will be writing a book on Brian Aldiss for the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series. 591 more words


Book Review: Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram by Iain Banks

If you picked up this book and wanted to read about whisky/dram/scotch then I have little doubt that, after reading it, you are probably more than a little disappointed. 675 more words

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Stoned, the crows

The Crow Road by Iain Banks

‘It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.’

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Player Of Games vs. Use Of Weapons - Culture Clash

Last post I talked about Consider Phlebas, the first book in the Culture series. You should check out the review if you haven’t, but the general gist was: a kind of boring book, written by an incredibly talented author, that primed me to dive into Phlebas’ sequels. 1,034 more words


The Interrogation Room – An Interview With Jason Beech

Next up in The Interrogation Room… Tom Leins catches up with Jason Beech to discuss his new book, City of Forts.

Firstly, how would you pitch… 1,054 more words


Consider Phlebas - An Exercise In Pointless Excellence

We have been talking about a lot of great new releases recently, so let’s take a step back and talk about a classic I just got around to reading: Consider Phlebas, by Iain Banks. 861 more words



“There is no feasible excuse for…what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others.”

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