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Old June 9 2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Iain Banks 1954-2013

Sadly it appears that Banks died this morning - A sad loss to writing.
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Old June 9 2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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A great mind lost too soon, while so many closed and unused ones will outlast him.



Seriously, fuck cancer.
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Old June 9 2013, 04:43 PM   #3
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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.
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Old June 9 2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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^Indeed. We knew this was coming, but I never expected it so soon.

Do we know if he had any project left unfinished?
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Old June 9 2013, 05:07 PM   #5
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RIP. Chatted to him at a con bar years ago. Good bloke. Too soon.
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Old June 9 2013, 05:37 PM   #6
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It is, truly, probably, the end days of SF literature.
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Old June 9 2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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Another great talent lost. Damn!
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Old June 9 2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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I had just found Complicity on the Netflix Monday, a sad synchronicity.

Requiescat in pace. (And check for a pacemaker.)
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Old June 9 2013, 07:41 PM   #9
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A lot of stalwarts leaving us.


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I had just found Complicity on the Netflix Monday, a sad synchronicity.
I'm glad you didn't watch it illictly...
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Old June 9 2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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A great loss to science fiction.
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Old June 9 2013, 08:23 PM   #11
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^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.
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Old June 9 2013, 11:49 PM   #12
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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.
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Old June 10 2013, 12:35 AM   #13
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This is just not cool....love love his books....
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Rest easy Mr Banks
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Old June 10 2013, 12:45 AM   #14
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Sad to see this. The Wasp Factory was an amazing novel that should be more popular.
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Old June 10 2013, 01:11 AM   #15
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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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