In Praise of Iain (M.) Banks…

I was taught that all writers were fools and nits by my publisher father, and that all publishers were tyrants and buffoons by my author mother, and after extensive study of the species my conclusion is…

… probably best left on the other side of the ellipsis.  Certainly I can say that I’ve met vast numbers of both, and when I’m 75 years old and own a vast collection of dubious cats, I will give my full assessment on the theme, possibly punctuated with mad, shrieking cackles of hysterical laughter.  49 years and counting, world…

However!  There are, despite my upbringing, despite being trained pretty much from birth to mistrust the kind of mind that can spend months on end locked up in a room with only itself and a keyboard for company, there a few authors who I genuinely love not merely for their works, but as human beings.  Mike Carey, for example, is genuinely the nicest man in fantasy.  Fact.  And Iain M. Banks, on the one occasion I met him (I was then out-nerded by a proper nerd before I could truly declare my adoration) is not only a writer of brilliant imagination, but also seemed like a fine upstanding member of civilization.  To this end, and arguably to prove the point, for any readers of this blog with access to the BBC, I extend this link…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20181130

 

3 Comments:

  1. Ditto that. I’ve met Mike Carey several times at comic cons and he is one of the friendliest, most likeable folk around. Also saw Banks at a reading in Waterstones and he too came across as just a really nice, clever and funny guy.

  2. Big fan of Iain M. Banks and I was wondering if you’d post that little tidbit from the BBC; five minutes is too short of time to spend with such a wonderful author indeed. I especially liked his novel “Transition”, which then lead me onto the whole Culture Series, and his books just suck you in for hours on end.

  3. I’d add Michael Scott Rohan to that list. A lovely man with whom I once spent a highly enjoyable evening engaging in mutual rantingthoughtful discussion about actors in amateur theatre who insist on standing behind their mark, because otherwise their spot is “shining in their eyes”. That and directors who think big hats are a good way of emphasising a characters eyes (no, seriously).

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