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Author Topic: Ian M. Banks has terminal cancer  (Read 284 times)

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Ian M. Banks has terminal cancer
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:10:59 am »
Ian M. Banks has been diagnosed with terminal cancer:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/03/iain-banks-gall-bladder-cancer?INTCMP=SRCH

Banks, as I assume many folks here already know, is one of the leading SF authors of our generation,  He is the creator of the 'Culture' universe.  He also wrote a wide variety of non-SF novels, and a non-fiction book on whisky (Raw Spirits).

Banks's 'Culture' novels helped to make life bearable for me during the 1990s.  His novels Use of Weapons and Player of Games especially stand out: I remember being amazed, thrilled, and horrified by both of them.  Indeed, most of Banks' novels left a strong impression on me, even his lesser known ones (e.g., The Bridge, Inversions).

This is very sad news.  The SF community will be poorer with his passing.
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Ian M. Banks has terminal cancer
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 12:33:15 am »
Its terrible.
I have read all his work Sci fi and non since picking up the Wasp factory in 1989.
As always he takes it with dignity and a black sense of humour.

They should name a galaxy after him or the Culture
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Ian M. Banks has terminal cancer
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 01:54:02 am »
This news, sad as it is, belongs in Media & Inspiration, not in the main forum.

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