"Technology determines the possibilities of society. It doesn't matter whether you start out from a fascist state or a communist state or a free-market state."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."Iain Banks on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."Iain Banks on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."Iain Banks on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."Iain Banks on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."Iain Banks on John F. Kennedy
"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."