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'I feel treasured, I feel loved, I feel I've done more than just pursue the craft I adore and make a living from it, and more than just fulfil the only real ambition I've ever had - of becoming a professional writer. 'I am deeply flattered and touched, and I can't deny I've been made to feel very special indeed.'
'Mostly, though - good grief! - what an outpouring of love, affection and respect. I honestly had no idea.'
Hello Mars One team. I am not sure if this is the correct e mail address to use,if not please send me the correct address.
Dear Mars One team, I have a request that I am hoping you will give serious thought to.
One of our planets greatest ever science fiction authors,Iain M Banks of Scotland UK is dying of terminal cancer and may only have months to live.
My request is simple- Could you find it in your hearts to name one of your Mars One habitats after this wonderful author,and to announce this before he passes away?
He has influenced so many over the years with his tales of advanced humanity journeying through our galaxy,and I can think of no greater honour for the man than to have his name live on,not only through his words,but also on one of your installations on the red planet.
If this could be done,I believe he would be deeply touched by the gesture.
Your project could be the first steps to acheiving what he so richly describes in his novels,a galaxy teaming with human explorers,and I cannont think of a better way of thanking him for his contributions to science fiction. PLEASE,give this request your most serious consideration,and may I wish you every success with Mars One. Thank you all. Sincerely,
Originally posted by CagliostroTheGreat
Oh, man that is terrible.
I read Transition and it is probably one of my favorite sci-fi novels EVER.
I was in the dollar tree the other day and saw it in the bargain bin... my heart sank.
get better Ian.
Originally posted by Raxoxane
reply to post by Silcone Synapse
That is sad news-i've read some of his books.My hubby is a huge fan of his,we have quite a few of his books-GREAT writer,GREAT mind.What a loss,our condolences to his loved ones.
In Iain M. Banks' fictional Culture universe, an Orbital (sometimes also simply called an O or a small ring) is a purpose-built space habitat forming a ring typically around 3 million km (1.9 million miles) in diameter.
The rotation of the ring simulates both gravity and a day-night cycle comparable to a planetary body orbiting a star.
Its inhabitants, often numbering many billions,live on the inside of the ring, where continent-sized "plates" have been shaped to provide all sorts of natural environments and climates, often with the aim of producing especially spectacular results.
The galaxy (our galaxy) in the Culture stories is a place long lived-in, and scattered with a variety of life-forms. In its vast and complicated history it has seen waves of empires, federations, colonisations, die-backs, wars, species-specific dark ages, renaissances, periods of mega-structure building and destruction, and whole ages of benign indifference and malign neglect
there is another force at work in the Culture aside from the nature of its human inhabitants and the limitations and opportunities presented by life in space, and that is Artificial Intelligence. This is taken for granted in the Culture stories, and - unlike FTL travel - is not only likely in the future of our own species, but probably inevitable (always assuming homo sapiens avoids destruction).
Briefly, nothing and nobody in the Culture is exploited. It is essentially an automated civilisation in its manufacturing processes, with human labour restricted to something indistinguishable from play, or a hobby.
No machine is exploited, either; the idea here being that any job can be automated in such a way as to ensure that it can be done by a machine well below the level of potential consciousness; what to us would be a stunningly sophisticated computer running a factory (for example) would be looked on by the Culture's AIs as a glorified calculator, and no more exploited than an insect is exploited when it pollinates a fruit tree a human later eats a fruit from.