Which, for someone of post-war middle-class British extraction with a history of discussing and moaning about the weather, politicians, the French and the shambles that is British Rugby and Australian cricket, is pretty close to being the actual limit.
It really comes down to one simple issue: Why is science fiction associated with fantasy - As in 'Science Fiction and Fantasy' - in every bookshop and online vendor, in libraries and bookworm haunts?
Banks is no more of a mind with Terry Brooks than Asimov is with Nora Roberts, and yet Science Fiction is forever shackled to stories about fairies and the importance of feeding magic toads.
Just stop it!
I understand that 'any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic', but the corollary is not true, that any sufficiently retarded world is indistinguishable from science.
I really look forward to getting my latest Amazon marketing emails, telling me about the latest Neal Stephenson or Alastair Reynolds or John Scalzi, even a Marko Kloos or a Hugh Howey, but why do I need to know about some sword and sorcery bodice ripper? Who in their trite mind thought that my buying history indicated any interest in dragons or orcs or magic rainbow unicorn fiddling (I'm sure it's a thing!)
If I wanted to have a wank over pictures of ferocious women, buxom, scantily clad in leather and metal, I would just buy an MMA mag, or subscribe to the wrestling channel, but I'm not interested.
I have hard-bitten intergalactic assassins with extremely phallic blasters and sexy body-hugging technical wear to move my juices - there's just no need to try and tempt me with your silly fantasies.
Hell, the name itself is enough to make a strong man turn to weak drink - who can compare a 'fantasy' with a Galaxy-spanning Space Opera?
It's just not on.
So please, join with me in convincing all those myopic marketing menaces that theres just no future in Sci-Fi and Fantasy - the future is all with science!
As you were.