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Iain Banks Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

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]

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4 Comments on Iain Banks Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

  1. An absolute disaster. So very sad. We may lose Banks, but his novels and stories will last forever.

  2. God, I hope the doctors are wrong. Iain, you have my families hopes and wishes.

  3. I’m just stunned and saddened at this news. Mr. Banks is one of the greatest talents ever in the SF field and his books have long been favorites of mine.

    Best of luck to you Mr. Banks, and your family. Thanks for all the wonderful afternoons spent in “The Culture” universe.

  4. Devastating news.

    Let’s give him a Hugo for the Culture series before he is gone !

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