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Future WarsThe Anticipations and the Fears$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317552

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317224

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When All Wars are Done: The Transcendent Humanity of Iain M. Banks

When All Wars are Done: The Transcendent Humanity of Iain M. Banks

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(p.201) 11. When All Wars are Done: The Transcendent Humanity of Iain M. Banks
Source:
Future Wars
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Patricia Kerslake

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317552.003.0012

This chapter examines the work of Iain M. Banks. It discusses how Banks re-images his future villains into the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ (the ‘Other’) of Edward Said's mystical and allusive Orient. Often using a physical response to deal with enemies that are ideologically perilous, Banks' Others threaten not only the physical, but more importantly, the philosophical. His Culture-citizens will not be beaten despite apparently overwhelming odds and unspeakable force. Banks wants the ideology of his protagonists to survive intact rather than simply witness an obliteration of the enemy. The analysis includes works such as Consider Phlebas (1987), The Player of Games (1988), Use of Weapons (1990) and Excession (1996).

Keywords:   future-war fiction, Iain M. Banks, villains, Culture-citizens, ideology

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