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Isn’t it Ironic?

June 15, 2005

Glenn Reynolds asks for science fiction suggestions from his readers. Top of the list?

Lots of readers have been writing in with suggestions as to authors. Iain M. Banks — whom I’ve never read — seems a favorite, particularly his Use of Weapons.

To paraphrase Wanda Gershwitz:

“Otto, you’re a conservative.”
“Aha! Conservatives don’t read Banks!”
“Yes, they do—they just don’t understand it.”

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.