On the late Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks, author of the Culture novels, has passed away. In April, Banks posted a brave message announcing that he was suffering from terminal cancer, and fellow author Charles Stross has confirmed that Banks died this morning. It’s difficult to express Banks’ contribution to science fiction, engrossing readers in the vast and complex universe of the Culture [...]

I’m a horrible bastard, probably

Tim Carney: An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task | WashingtonExaminer.com. I’m sure, after you read the linked story above, and read what I’m about to say, you are going to think what the headline says (except I’m the bastard, not you. Probably.) The above story is from Tim Carney, a columnist at the Washington [...]

On the dangers of “Art”

Art is a funny thing. Many people chase after it, unhappy with their works because it is not truly “art,” and they are not yet “artists.” But what is art? Quite frankly, I find a lot of art to be crap. And now its starting to get dangerous. In the literary and dramatic world, I’m [...]