Iain M. Banks

La SF et la société de l’information

La société de l’information qui se développe depuis quarante ans transforme radicalement nos vies rendant les vieilles idéologies issues de la société industrielle inadaptées à résoudre bon nombre des problèmes que rencontre aujourd’hui l’occident. Il serait bon de s’interroger pour savoir si la science fiction en tant que littérature d’idées a été capable d’inventer des […]

Iain M. Banks – In Memorium

Science fiction lost Scottish author Iain M. Banks to gall bladder cancer on June 9, just over two months after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease.  Banks began publishing fiction in 1984 with his non-genre novel The Wasp Factory.  His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published three years later. To help […]

Crossroads: A Genre Darkly

World-building, extrapolation, analogy, conceptual breakthrough, thought experiment – these are science fiction’s basic methods. Other genres might occasionally borrow them, but SF has sharpened them to a razor’s edge. So what happens when this set of tools works alongside the themes, styles, and plot structures of noir?