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Our President, Iain M Banks

Since April 2012 Mr Iain M. Banks has been our Acting Honorary Non-Executive Figurehead President Elect pro tem (trainee) and this is the title he chose for himself.

I'd never wanted to make Iain's involvement with our book club public, preferring instead to have it as a private badge of pride. It was only after people joined that they would see his name listed as President. Often people would email me or comment on the site saying how cool it was. I've watched members tell people of Iain's involvement and the impressed look on their face always made me quietly (and often not so quietly) swell with pride.

Listening to Iain talk on the subject of Science Fiction and hearing him say that as a writer it was his first love made it cool. Iain is the arch debunker of anti SF snobbery because his consummate skill and success as a writer in both genera and plain fiction gives his words on the subject so much gravitas. I mean who's going to argue with Iain M. Banks?

Iain said he was 'honoured' to be our President and from what I know of him this is typical of his warmth and generosity of spirit that he should say something like this about what is in fact a very small privately run book club.

At 16 years old I moved back to this country and with few friends at first Iain's Consider Phlebas was the first book I ever bought with my own money one lonely evening from a book shop that has since been demolished. I can still remember reading it on the tube home thinking "you can do that in a book?" and missing my stop. I made a friend that night & as we have been learning Iain has a lot of friends.

I last heard from Iain a month or so ago when he sent me a picture of himself for us to display on our new member's evening and I'm sure it will make a lot of people smile. I laughed/snorted coffee out my nose when I saw it.

As organiser of the book club I never just wanted a President, I wanted Mr Iain M. Banks as President. So as long as the book club exists, despite the tragic news of Iain's illness and possibly imminent subliming, he will remain our President. I am so very proud of our connection to him.

Because first and foremost Iain is a fan of Science Fiction, he is 'one of us'.

Your Glorious Leader ®
Science Fiction Book Club
April 2013

Table of Contents

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Something wonderful June 28, 2017 4:45 PM anonymous
MINDFUCK - Reality, consciousnesses and otherness February 23, 2016 12:16 PM anonymous
BEST OF BRITISH - A short season of British SF November 12, 2015 12:29 PM anonymous
We will help WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION in Oct July 1, 2014 8:22 PM anonymous
We are now 1000 strong Thank you May 13, 2014 9:36 PM anonymous
Will we read your book February 9, 2016 11:40 AM anonymous
Our 2014 Book Series - The Book of the New Sun August 13, 2014 10:00 AM anonymous
Our President, Iain M Banks June 9, 2013 6:09 PM anonymous
Orson Scott Card declared Persona non grata January 4, 2013 2:00 PM anonymous
Membership dues August 12, 2013 2:28 PM anonymous
Suggest a book September 1, 2012 9:00 AM anonymous
About The Science Fiction Book Club October 13, 2015 11:19 AM anonymous

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