Peter Suderman on Iain M. Banks


He was a libertarian and didn't even know it.

Toward the end of his 2009 novel Transition, the late Scottish author Iain M. Banks has the story's voice of wisdom describe libertarianism as "a simple-minded right wing ideology ideally suited to those unable or unwilling to see past their own self-regard." And yet. as Peter Suderman explains, Banks' science fiction novels drew heavily from the universe of libertarian interests.