Sad news, folks. BBC News is reporting that Iain M. Banks has died of cancer. HE was 59 years old.

Just 2 months ago, he announced he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was withdrawing from public engagements.

Banks is of course best known to fandom for his Culture series of space opera novels. He also wrote more mainstream novels as Iain Banks (without the M.). When news broke in April, fans flocked to sign his guestboook and leave their best wishes.

[via Lawrence Person]

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