"Just have fun"
KillingTime here (KT), no space. SF reader since ladhood (can I say that in English? Uhm..). Former lurker.
I am here because I think IMB is greatest science fiction writer of the last twenty years.
There. I said it.
I am Italian (from Sicily, so careful with the jokes...), lived in England for quite a few years, now in Rwanda - which appears to be as small as the Isle of Man, without the sea or the motorbikes. And no pubs. There are gorillas though. Quite a lot of Aussies in shorts and sandals go off everyday to see them and commune with them. Me, I can't stand the hairy brutes - probably because of the shorts.
Apart from IMB's corpus, which I brought with me inside a Kindle, I am currently reading McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga, which has been a pleasant discovery, Alastair Reynolds - another good one, and Gaiman - who does not write SF as such, but American Gods is great - it takes off on mythology from where Roger Zelazny left it.
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We are strangers here
And strangers are one another kin
I started reading Iain Banks off the back of a recommendation from a friend about two years ago. Started, of course, with The Wasp Factory and have loved his books ever since.
I've never gotten into his SF stuff (haven't been a big SF person, really), but a friend relayed the entire concept of the Culture series to me recently (over several hours) and it sounds amazing so I'm looking forward to starting on that lot.
I'm from London and also enjoy reading stuff like Dave Eggers and Don DeLillo - I guess I'm more of a character fanatic than a plot girl, which is probably why I got into Ian Banks in the first place. He knows how to craft someone out of words, that's for sure.
Hi Therese, nice to have someone on here who's more into the "main stream" stuff (most of the rest of us are SF geeks, but don't be scared off ).
Sensible friend recommending Banks, The Wasp Factory was my first too
Was it the same friend who told you about the Culture books? Start with Consider Phlebas & let us know what you think.
Iain has written some non-Culture SF books too.
Have you read all the "main stream" ones? (or non"M"s as we tend to call them)? I tend to feel they were better in the earier years than the latter ones, the SF ones (or "M"s) are generally more consistantly good.
How about Transition? A non"M" with a definate SF theme. Ohh & there's always Raw Spirit too...
"Just have fun"
I'm Patrick an ex-pat Paddy, an aged hippie who spent most of his working life farming in Suffolk (UK) and at Phu Kradung (Thailand.) My official retirement coincided with the northern Wars Against Everything, the outbreak of terrorism paranoia and assorted nanny-statist horrors so I fled to a smallish farm here in rural Colonia departmento, Uruguay to enjoy a bit of freedom in my old age. We avoid terrorism by being nice to foreigners and by having our former chief terrorist as president. Our wonderfully useless republic (which takes a dim view of things like hard work, efficiency, entrepreneurism and business) has been booming since the northern crash. I'm an unrepentant sci-fi geek, an omnivorous reader, a keen banger racer, a ground effects hovercraft enthusiast and a lover of fine smokes.
The first Bank's novel I read was The Wasp Factory and I've not missed one of his books (M or otherwise) since.
PS. "How about Transition? A non"M" with a definate SF theme" Wise advice but I have a US hardback edition of Transition which has an M between the Iain and the Banks :-)
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Hi there Patrick
Sound like a nice rerirement you've got there, you must have been a hard working hippie at sometime?
"Just have fun"
Just a particularly lucky one :-)
My paranoia caused me to sell up when UK assets and sterling were both hugely overvalued and to settle here while the Uru economy was still in tatters after the local 2002 banks collapse. When you could buy a 30 acre mega fertile farm for the price of 2 small lock-up garages in Ipswich and build a bijou mock castle for less that the proceeds received from selling a timber beach hut at Walberswick on the shingly shores of the cold North Sea, only a numpty would refuse.
My karma must have been extra shiny at the time :-)
So fo you look after this 30 acre farm all by yourself or do you have a horde of minions?
"Just have fun"
No... I'm almost minion-free now thank heavens. I had between 7 and 10 of them for three years while building. They aren't efficient on the grounds of having pre-Soviet liberal socialist consciences so view hard or efficient work as "depriving others of a job." My proposals that they used power tools was seen as a vicious attack on their fellow workers :-) My only remaining one is the lovely Marisela (who started here when she was a school girl but now doing a PhD in agriculture) who comes to muck out the house on a weekly basis but in spite of her learning, she still refuses to use a vacuum cleaner on socio-moral grounds.
I grow crops of soya, wheat and sorghum none of which require much work and hire in expensive things like precision direct seed drills and combine harvesters when I need them. I've also planted 0.75 ha (2 acres) of eucalypti in an effort to become self-sufficient when it comes to winter heating. They grow like weeds down here... 8 metres in 2 years.
I'm GeekByDay, or just Geek, or if you insist James.
As the name implies I'm a self confessed Geek, mostly during th day when I work in an IT department, programming rather than support before the IT Crowd jokes start...
I used to hang out here before the forum was migrated in 2008 by the looks of it so it must have been about 2005-7ish but then I got busy and the new post count got too big to catch up on and I kinda forgot to come back...
I'm from Nottingham, read everyday, and have every M and Non-M book + Raw Spirit. I almost exclusively read SF with Iain Banks being the only re-occuring Non-SF author in my collection. I also love music and after several attempts to pick up the guitar over the last 20 years I've recently given up and started to learn Bass instead.