Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Iain M. Banks Interview: Culture 25th

Over at Orbit there's a lengthy and fascinating interview with Iain M. Banks on the 25th Anniversary of The Culture:
I don’t think I saw it as challenging genre conventions as such; I just did what any fan of a genre (who has ambitions to create within that genre) does:  look at what’s on offer, think “I can do that,” and then “But I want to do it differently, I want to do it this way.”  Especially in SF, it seems right to try to improve on what’s already been produced, to take matters forward, to climb onto the shoulders of the giants who have gone before.  What I wanted to read – and so to write – was SF with the energy, vitality and can-do attitude of so much great American SF, but which was as well written as so much of the usually more reflective, nuanced and less gung-ho British stuff.  What I wanted to avoid was what I saw as the economic – and to some degree political – naivety of the US writers and the sheer god-awful sub-Orwellian miserablism of the Brits.  Whether I’ve succeeded or not isn’t for me to say, but either way I’m sure I’ve managed to introduce my own intrinsic, embedded annoyances that other writers have been, are and will be reacting against for some time.  This is entirely right and proper, by the way, and just the way the whole system works.  So there.

Full Story: HERE

Iain M. Banks' latest Culture novel Hydrogen Sonata is out now.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Joe Abercrombie: Interview

To coincide with the release of the new Joe Abercrombie novel, Red Country, there's an interview up at  Fantasy Book Critic, and Joe talks about all manner of interesting things:
A Game of Thrones was a very important book for me – it came at a time when I’d largely stopped reading fantasy and felt that it tended to repeat the same patterns over and over, was hugely predictable. So it really made my jaw drop in all kinds of ways, and demonstrated that you could be dark, unpredictable, realistic, and adult in every sense of the word while still writing what was very recognizably commercial epic fantasy. It was a big inspiration in trying to write myself, so I think it was inevitable that later books   wouldn't   be able to sustain that impact, if only because the first had gone off like a flashbulb in the darkness for me. 
Full Story: HERE

Red Country is out now