Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Kelly, Stuart and Banks, Iain (14 June 2013), Iain Banks: the final interview, The Guardian, Retrieved on 2013-06-17
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  • Folksonomies: science fiction life interview

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    17 JUN 2013

     The Universe Doesn't Care About You

    Banks may have displayed a lack of anger at his diagnosis, but that does not mean that his righteous ire is extinguished. As we chat, he frequently loops off into hilarious denunciations. "I can understand that people want to feel special and important and so on, but that self-obsession seems a bit pathetic somehow. Not being able to accept that you're just this collection of cells, intelligent to whatever degree, capable of feeling emotion to whatever degree, for a limited amount of time and...
    Folksonomies: science religion meaning
    Folksonomies: science religion meaning
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    You are insignificant, and Banks is irritated that religion tries to make use more than we are.

    17 JUN 2013

     Banks Knows What Caused His Cancer

    As we walk to the door, Banks pulls one final, left-field surprise. "Do you know that I know what caused the cancer?" I think I pull a face like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. "Cosmic ray," he says. "I won't brook any contradiction; it was a high-energy particle. A star exploded hundreds or thousands of years ago and ever since there's been a cosmic ray – a bad-magic bullet with my name on it, to quote Ken – heading towards the moment where it hit one of my cells and mutated it. That's an...
    Folksonomies: meaning chance scale
    Folksonomies: meaning chance scale
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    Claims it was a "cosmic ray." A poetic notion.