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RIP: Iain M. Banks (1954-2013)

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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8 Comments on RIP: Iain M. Banks (1954-2013)

  1. A light has gone out in The Culture.

  2. GeneM55 // June 9, 2013 at 10:41 am //

    This is truly a sad event. Mr. Banks was an immense talent, and quite under-appreciated. I hope that his passing will flag interest in his body of work.

  3. A great writer and a truly fine gentleman. He will be missed.


  4. TheAdlerian // June 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm //

    I am sad.

    Many of his books always came out on or around my birthday. This last October a lot of unpleasant things were going on, impending cancer death of a relative, and his book lifted my spirits. I made a wish he’d keep writing for years to come.

    Then, he gets cancer and dies soon after, I’m stunned.

    I certainly wish I could properly express to his family what his work meant to me.

  5. Another gone way too soon. *sigh*

    Rest in peace.


  6. I am sad despite not having sampled the man’s work…yet. I read his announcement about his condition and it broke my heart simply as a fellow human being. It sounded dire and he seemed to be taking it all in stride and facing it with bravery. I hope when one day I get to his work I take to it as much as some of the fans whose wonderful tributes I’ve read today. Neil Gaiman wrote a really nice remembrance here:

  7. Splicer // June 10, 2013 at 5:19 am //

    A little song, a little dance, a little Culture down your pants.

  8. David Greybeard // June 10, 2013 at 7:55 am //

    What a shock. I didn’t think it would happen so fast. I feel numb. Sad.

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