Not losing the plot: Ken MacLeod and Iain M. Banks.

Brown, James (2003) Not losing the plot: Ken MacLeod and Iain M. Banks. In: The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod. Mendlesohn, Farah and Butler, Andrew M., eds. The Science Fiction Foundation., Reading, pp. 55-75. ISBN 0-903007-02-9

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Abstract

This essay appears in the first book to be devoted to the work of Ken MacLeod. It compares the science fiction of MacLeod and Iain M. Banks, who are both deemed to write political novels, yet produce very different results, to judge by Banks's Culture novels and MacLeod's Fall Revolution Quartet. The essay establishes the terms of its comparison by examining the theories of Hobbes and Arendt regarding the possibility of political action - a possibility more evident in MacLeod than in Banks. MacLeod's novels are shown to test the possibilities of action and political agency.

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Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
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Deposited On:10 Nov 2008 13:39
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