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Old April 3 2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Iain (M) Banks is dying

A Personal Statement from Iain Banks


April 3rd, 2013 in From the Author
I am officially Very Poorly.
After a couple of surgical procedures, I am gradually recovering from jaundice caused by a blocked bile duct, but that - it turns out - is the least of my problems.
I first thought something might be wrong when I developed a sore back in late January, but put this down to the fact I'd started writing at the beginning of the month and so was crouched over a keyboard all day. When it hadn't gone away by mid-February, I went to my GP, who spotted that I had jaundice. Blood tests, an ultrasound scan and then a CT scan revealed the full extent of the grisly truth by the start of March.
I have cancer. It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas and some lymph nodes, plus one tumour is massed around a group of major blood vessels in the same volume, effectively ruling out any chance of surgery to remove the tumours either in the short or long term.
Very sad news.
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Old April 3 2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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Re: Iain (M) Banks is dying

Indeed . One of my first author crushes. Fuck cancer.
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Old April 3 2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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Aww. WTF.He looks like the nicest of guys and a possible future Trek showrunner. Have hope Iain, there may be a cure. Soon.
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Old April 3 2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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Oh, crap.
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Old April 3 2013, 03:58 PM   #5
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Dreadful news. He is indeed a great guy, always got a sense of humour, always did his best to boost author friends who hadn't matched his success yet (eg, when I was lining up an interview with him, he suggested doing it as a joint one with Ken McLeod... which was fine by me as I'd been looking for an excuse to interview him as well).
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Old April 3 2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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I just read his statement on the SFX website a few minutes ago. Very sad.
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Old April 3 2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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I just read about it somewhere else.

Fucking cancer
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Old April 3 2013, 07:21 PM   #8
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Damn
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Old April 3 2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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It's been several hours now since I've heard the horrific news and things still seem unreal to me: I only saw him at a book signing late last year (when he seemed in good health).
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Old April 3 2013, 09:29 PM   #10
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Very sad news.
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Old April 3 2013, 09:36 PM   #11
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I saw something about this on twitter...this is terrible news!!!!

http://www.iain-banks.net/category/interviews/
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Old April 3 2013, 09:38 PM   #12
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Terrible, terrible news. I just finished 'The Hydrogen Sonata' and liked it a lot.

And as should be said on every occasion, fuck cancer.
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Old April 3 2013, 10:18 PM   #13
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I just saw this one IO9, very sad news indeed. I haven't had a chance to check out any of The Culture novels yet, but I did buy Forgetting Phlebas for my Nook when it was on sale for $0.99 last year. It's probably going to be one of the next couple things I read.
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Old April 4 2013, 12:19 AM   #14
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Forgetting Phlebas
Consider Phlebas. Not one of his best (he'd written it before his three previous novels, but couldn't sell an SF book till he was established), but it tells you what you need to know about the Culture to be able to jump straight into the later, stronger Culture books.
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Old April 4 2013, 06:33 AM   #15
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Agree with diankra. But it's still pretty good.
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