The two Scottish sci-fi authors at Aye Write! 2008.
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As part of their sci-fi season, BBC Radio 4 present a dramatisation by Paul Cornell of the short story The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks.
A spaceship from The Culture arrives on Earth in 1977 and finds a planet obsessed with alien concepts like ‘property’ and ‘money’ and on the edge of self destruction. When Agent Dervley Linter decides to go native can Diziet Sma change his mind?
As the latest novel in the Culture series hits the bookshops, we look at the third of Iain M Banks’s best-selling SF novels, The Use of Weapons. Known for writing in two separate strands – science fiction and literary novels – Banks explains how the two inspired each other, with the Culture emerging from his work on the first draft of his debut novel, The Wasp Factory.
He also explains the role that a misunderstanding of structuralism played in the construction of his fictional multiverse, and reveals that the dual chronology he uses in the novel was not in fact his idea at all …