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Interviews

Iain Banks interviewed for The Scotsman

In an interview posted on The Scotsman‘s website, Aidan Smith asks Iain about Transition, as well as topics as diverse as his friendly rivalry with fellow Fife-resident Ian Rankin, drugs, the women in his life and his opinion of Prime Minister Gordon Brown (“I’m only a little disappointed in him. He’s not a war criminal […]

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Iain Banks in conversation with Clive James – today

I’ve just been handed the following newsflash by the ever-alert Dave H of The Banksoniain fanzine: “Iain Banks will be the guest on Clive James in Conversation on Tuesday 18th August (i.e. TODAY!) at the Assembly Rooms George Street, Edinburgh.” See www.clivejamesguests.com for more information.

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Iain Banks talks to the Prague Post

Earlier in the month, to coincide with his appearance at the Prague Writers’ Festival, Iain Banks was interviewed by the Prague Post. When asked about forthcoming brand new novel Transition‘s placement in the M / non-M spectrum of his work, Iain said: “The template I had in mind was The Bridge, my third novel, from […]

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Iain Banks talks to The View From Here

Mike French, Editor of online literary news & reviews ‘zine The View From Here has posted a new interview with Iain Banks, in two parts: part one, part two. The discussion ranges across Iain’s love of Risk!, the ‘anorak’ label as applied to science fiction fans, the possibility of a Wasp Factory movie, Iain’s reaction […]

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Iain Banks discusses the Future of Science Fiction with the BBC

Iain has contributed to a BBC website column entitled How Sci-Fi Moves With the Times, along with fellow writers Ken MacLeod, Paul Cornell and Ian Watson. In the course of describing his general approach to the degree of scientific realism he includes in his different writing modes, Iain also lets slip a tantalising hint about […]

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Paul Cornell ‘State of the Art’ audio interview

As part of Sci-Fi London’s Reality Check podcast series, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Cornell about his work on the BBC radio adaptation of ‘The State of the Art’, which airs on Radio 4 tomorrow (Thursday March 5th) at 2.15 p.m. as part of the current BBC R4 Sci-Fi Season. [via the FPI Blog and […]

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Iain Banks email Q&A October 2008

Welcome to the latest Q&A session with Iain Banks. The first two sessions can be found here: Q&A session I and Q&A session II. Read on for the latest Q’s from Iain’s readers and fans, with A’s from the man himself… (more…)

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Iain Banks talks to Writing Magazine

Iain has been interviewed for the latest edition of Writer’s News Writing Magazine and talks about a number of writing-related subjects, including plotting, character development, pre-planning and avoiding the temptation to polish work until the first draft has been finished. Interviewer Judith Spelman has posted a (1.23Mb) pdf copy of the piece on her own […]

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A few more Banks-esque links

The Guardian asks Iain a few quick-fire questions about his environmental credentials in their Green Room column. Independent columnist Matthew Bell makes a brief mention of Iain’s recent appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Webzine Dazed & Digital has a brief interview with Iain, also conducted during the EIBF. Paul Cornell gives a brief […]

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Iain Banks email Q&A August 2008

Welcome to the second Q&A session with Iain Banks. Iain enjoyed the first Q&A session back in July that he asked us to set up another one pretty much right away. And so – without any further ado – we present Iain’s Email Q&A, episode II: (more…)

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Iain Banks FinancialRadio.co.uk audio interview

Iain Banks has been interviewed by market news and interviews webzine Financial Radio. It appears that the interview was carried out and posted to the website back in April, but was added to YouTube a couple of weeks ago and subsequently discovered by Gary W, who sent in the link (cheers, Gary!) Here’s the link […]

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Iain [M] Banks Q&A session II – more questions, please!

Iain enjoyed providing answers for the first email Q&A session so much that he’s asked us to set up another one right away. And so, without further ado, we hereby call for all you Banks-fans and readers to send in your next batch of questions for Iain. The same general guidelines as last time will […]

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Iain Banks email Q&A July 2008

A few weeks ago, we invited readers of this website and www.orbitbooks.net to submit questions to be put to Iain Banks by email. Once the three-week submission period was over, the selection panel sifted through the submissions and picked half a dozen; Iain mused, pondered, cogitated and then sent back the following responses: (more…)

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Iain [M] Banks Q&A session – send us your questions!

In a few weeks’ time, the one and only Iain [M] Banks will be participating in an email QandA session, which will be conducted via this-here official Iain Banks website. We’re therefore looking for a selection of interesting, intelligent questions to put to him. So if you’ve got a burning issue that you’d like Iain […]

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Iain Banks interviewed in ASIM #35

The latest issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine includes an interview with Iain [M] Banks which was conducted in January this year. David from ‘The Banksoniain’ tells us the piece “starts off being about Matter, but goes onto more general things, including the first hints that the next SF book is likely to be a […]

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