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The Player of Games by Iain M Banks

Under the arguable utopianism of The Culture and misleading excitement of Azad game, lays a critical commentary on contemporary society, especially the portion that we believe to have left in while embracing modernity. 853 more words

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Quote of the Day 6-13-18 (Iain M. Banks)

“There is a saying that some foolish people believe: what does not kill you makes you stronger. I know for a fact, having seen the evidence — indeed often enough having been the cause of it — that what does not kill you can leave you maimed. 123 more words


Quote of the Day 6-3-18 (Iain M. Banks)

“‘. . . these crowds are, perversely, highly attractive to bombers.’

“‘Christians?’ Q’and says . . .

“‘Of course Christians, you idiot!’ . . . ‘The religion of zealotry,’ she informs him testily. 59 more words


Writing Tip of the Day 5-11-18 (John Grant)

A couple of days ago I asked two-time Hugo Award winner John Grant what advice he’d have for aspiring writers. His newest book is Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology, and Politics in Science (revised & expanded). 348 more words

Science Fiction

A Reading Update

I hate forcing myself to finish books, but I just had to do it with Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. It was a library book, so it wasn’t like there were any sunk costs at play, but I did borrow it along with Iain M. 666 more words


Quote of the Day 4-6-18 (Iain M. Banks)

“Ferbin’s father had had the same robustly pragmatic view of religion as he’d had of everything else. In his opinion, only the very poor and downtrodden really needed religion, to make their laborious lives more bearable. 121 more words