Science Fiction

Obituary: Iain Banks

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Patrick Ward, who interviewed author Iain Banks for Socialist Review in 2008, looks at his life and work

Iain Banks, who died last month at the age of 59, was a towering figure in both mainstream and science fiction. His 27-book legacy provides a mixture of both genres (occasionally within one book) and is run through with a ribbon of hope for a better world.

Science Fiction: The Shape of Things to Come

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Steven Spielberg's forthcoming adaptation of The War of the Worlds prompts Mark Bould to take a critical look at the work of HG Wells.

No one would have believed, in the last years of the 20th century, that the new millennium would prove lucrative for the estate of HG Wells. But then, just as Wells's work was about to enter the public domain, the British copyright period was extended to 70 years after the author's death. And now, a decade later, Penguin are bringing back into print 14 of his novels, with critical introductions by authors like Brian Aldiss, Margaret Atwood, China MiƩville and Marina Warner.

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