Iain Banks — Scottish Writer born on February 16, 1954, died on June 09, 2013

Iain Banks was a Scottish author. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies... (wikipedia)

Science fiction is trying to find alternative ways of looking at realities.
I'm not a great believer in awards-of course the fact that I've never won one has nothing to do with it at all!
My point has always been that, ever since the Industrial Revolution, science fiction has been the most important genre there is.
Torture is such a slippery slope; as soon as you allow a society or any legal system to do that, almost instantly you get a situation where people are being tortured for very trivial reasons.
By the usual reckoning, the worst books make the best films.

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