Interviewed Iain Banks on Friday.  Went very well by all accounts and was highly enjoyable.  The man himself is friendly and very funny and it was interesting to be able to discuss the Culture, his books, music tech and various other important topics.   It would be nice to stay in touch with him and perhaps the occasional visit, but I think it would be best not to push my luck and to leave the poor fellow alone to his work.  Still, a great experience.