The sad news broke today that Iain M. Banks, author of the Culture space opera novels, has late stage gall bladder cancer. The prognosis is not good, and Ian thinks it’s “extremely unlikely I’ll live beyond a year”.
Ian goes on to state that he is withdrawing from public engagements and his latest novel, The Quarry, will be his last.
Our best wishes go out to Iain and his family.
For more info, see Ian’s personal statement
[via Fred Kiesche]