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Hydrogen Sonata Forum wrap-up

Just to collect all the links from our Forum on Iain M. Banks’ The Hydrogen Sonata into one coherent place:

Chris Brown: A Triumphant Return to Form | Gerard van der Ree: Learning from Utopia Iver B. Neumann: Religion and the Sublime | Patrick Thaddeus Jackson: Actors on the Sci-Fi Stage | Dan Nexon: To Sim, Perchance to Dream | and Iain M. Banks’ reply

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The Hydrogen Sonata Forum: Iain M. Banks Replies

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General Warning: this is emphatically not a spoiler-free Forum! Hence all of the text all of the contributions will be safely below the fold, and only the identifying information for the author of the contribution will be here for even causal browsers to see.

Iain M. Banks is a celebrated author of both science fiction and “regular fiction.” According to his Wikipedia page, in 2008 The Times named him in their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.” Continue reading

Dan Nexon on The Hydrogen Sonata: To Sim, Perchance to Dream

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Daniel H. Nexon is Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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PTJ on The Hydrogen Sonata: Actors on the Sci-Fi Stage

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Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of International Service at American University. Continue reading

Iver B. Neumann on The Hydrogen Sonata: Religion and the Sublime

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Iver B. Neumann is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. For some reason he doesn’t have a personal page at the LSE, so here’s his Wikipedia page instead. Continue reading

Gerard van der Ree on The Hydrogen Sonata: “Learning From Utopia”

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Gerard van der Ree is Assistant Professor at University College Utrecht. Continue reading

Chris Brown on The Hydrogen Sonata: “A Triumphant Return to Form”

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Chris Brown is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. Continue reading

A Christmas present: a Forum on Iain M. Banks’ new novel

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Iain M. Banks, an especial favorite author of mine and someone on whom I‘ve written before, published a new novel earlier this Fall: The Hydrogen Sonata, the latest installment in his ongoing series of novels about The Culture, a post-scarcity pan-human civilization largely controlled by hyper-advanced artificial intelligences called Minds. I invited four other scholars — Dan Nexon, Iver Neuman, Chris Brown, and Gerard van der Ree — to write short critical essays on the novel, and sent the package to Iain for his comments. I now have all of the pieces in hand, and over the next few days I’ll post them here. Happy holidays. You’re welcome.

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