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I was quite upset this morning to learn that Scottish science…

I was quite upset this morning to learn that Scottish science fiction author Iain Banks has learned that he has terminal cancer and has only a few months left to live.

Banks is one of my favourite “modern” SF writers and, in my opinion, one of the best working in the genre today.

Although his website is suffering under the load of heavy traffic, Orbit Books has a mirror of his personal statement about this news.

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The title page of the Poly-Olbion, an epic topographical poem…

The title page of the Poly-Olbion, an epic topographical poem written by Michael Drayton and published in 1612.

Written in iambic hexameter, the thirty songs in Drayton’s book describe all of the counties of 17th Century England and Wales. Although he intended to add a third volume to the work, Drayton never did get around to covering Scotland.

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Genre fatigue syndrome?

nerds of a feather, flock together: INTERVIEW: Paul Kincaid--Is SF

Here are some links to a recently published interview with Paul Kincaid, British science-fiction critic, about the current state of the genre. Here is Part One of the interview, and here is Part Two.

There have been a number of reactions and responses, including this one from M. John Harrison, which I sorta think I agree with.

Also now, Alastair Reynolds’ post about SF exhaustion.