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]
Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Quarry by Iain Banks, hittng bookstore shelves on June 20, 2013.
The author credit lacks the “science fictional “M.” because this isn’t science fiction, however, it is the author’s last novel and one whose themes are familiar.
Here’s the synopsis:
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]
It’s been twenty five years since the release of the first Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Today, over at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at the series over the past two-and-a-half decades.
Hop on over to read this new Science Fiction Series Spotlight: The Culture by Iain M. Banks
[SF Signal extends Best Wishes to Joe Haldeman, who took an unexpected trip to the hospital. Get well, Joe!]
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