"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."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Iain Banks on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Iain Banks on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Iain Banks on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Iain Banks on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Iain Banks on Plato
"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."
"I think a lot of people are frightened of technology and frightened of change, and the way to deal with something you're frightened of is to make fun of it. That's why science fiction fans are dismissed as geeks and nerds."