"Science fiction has its own history, its own legacy of what's been done, what's been superseded, what's so much part of the furniture it's practically part of the fabric now, what's become no more than a joke... and so on. It's just plain foolish, as well as comically arrogant, to ignore all this, to fail to do the most basic research."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Iain Banks on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Iain Banks on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Iain Banks on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Iain Banks on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Iain Banks on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Torture is such a slippery slope as soon as you allow a society or any legal system to do that, almost instantly you get a situation where people are being tortured for very trivial reasons."
"In so much of politics you're not allowed to disagree with what's been agreed."
"Science fiction is trying to find alternative ways of looking at realities."
"My point has always been that, ever since the Industrial Revolution, science fiction has been the most important genre there is."
"A lot of what the 'Culture' is about is a reaction to all the science fiction I was reading in my very early teens."