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JoeZhang June 9 2013 04:09 PM

Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
Sadly it appears that Banks died this morning - A sad loss to writing.

DalekJim June 9 2013 04:42 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
A great mind lost too soon, while so many closed and unused ones will outlast him.



Seriously, fuck cancer.

Wereghost June 9 2013 04:43 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
Just saw the news on Digital Spy a moment ago. It comes shockingly soon after his illness was announced; I think he had been expected to last for several more months.

He'll be sorely missed. The world of literature is now a less funny, insightful, erudite and humanistic place. His books, middle-initialled and otherwise, have always been a pleasure to read.

Christopher June 9 2013 04:49 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
^Indeed. We knew this was coming, but I never expected it so soon.

Do we know if he had any project left unfinished?

WillsBabe June 9 2013 05:07 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
RIP. Chatted to him at a con bar years ago. Good bloke. Too soon.

The Librarian June 9 2013 05:37 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
It is, truly, probably, the end days of SF literature.

solariabsg25 June 9 2013 06:51 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
Another great talent lost. Damn!

stj June 9 2013 07:30 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
I had just found Complicity on the Netflix Monday, a sad synchronicity.

Requiescat in pace. (And check for a pacemaker.)

Mr. Adventure June 9 2013 07:41 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
A lot of stalwarts leaving us.


Quote:

stj wrote: (Post 8223445)
I had just found Complicity on the Netflix Monday, a sad synchronicity.

I'm glad you didn't watch it illictly...

Hound of UIster June 9 2013 07:57 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
A great loss to science fiction.

JD June 9 2013 08:23 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
Quote:

Christopher wrote: (Post 8222875)
^Indeed. We knew this was coming, but I never expected it so soon.

Do we know if he had any project left unfinished?

According to the article about his passing on Tor his last book, a non-genre novel called The Quarry comes out the 20th. They also have a link to a story about the novel, which apparently follows the last few weeks in the life of a man dealing with cancer.

TedShatner10 June 9 2013 11:49 PM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
What's unavoidably sad is that he was still banging out solid sci-fi novels in recent years (Matter, Surface Detail and The Hydrogen Sonata), he was still quite young really, and a lot of creative potential was unfairly robbed by his cunting cancer. I'm particularly rattled by his death on a personal level since I met him in person at a book signing only last October.

A tremendous creative talent that's walked down the Crow Road much too soon.

Ridcully June 10 2013 12:35 AM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
This is just not cool....love love his books....
Old fan here:(
Rest easy Mr Banks

sidious618 June 10 2013 12:45 AM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
Sad to see this. The Wasp Factory was an amazing novel that should be more popular.

Candlelight June 10 2013 01:11 AM

Re: Iain Banks 1954-2013
 
Very sad. I have to say I've never read any of his books, but I have a few on my kindle when I get round to it.

RIP sir.


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