Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by JoeZhang, Jun 9, 2013.
Sadly it appears that Banks died this morning - A sad loss to writing.
A great mind lost too soon, while so many closed and unused ones will outlast him.
Seriously, fuck cancer.
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.
^Indeed. We knew this was coming, but I never expected it so soon.
Do we know if he had any project left unfinished?
RIP. Chatted to him at a con bar years ago. Good bloke. Too soon.
It is, truly, probably, the end days of SF literature.
Another great talent lost. Damn!
I had just found Complicity on the Netflix Monday, a sad synchronicity.
Requiescat in pace. (And check for a pacemaker.)
A lot of stalwarts leaving us.
I'm glad you didn't watch it illictly...
A great loss to science fiction.
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.
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.
This is just not cool....love love his books....
Old fan here
Rest easy Mr Banks
Sad to see this. The Wasp Factory was an amazing novel that should be more popular.
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.
DAMN. DAMN. CRAP. HELL. DAMN.
I found this online last night...it was made in 2004, and it's VERY well done. Apparently there were two more, by they have vanished from the interwebs unfortunately (I'd *really* like to see them if they still exist!) We really need a Culture-based movie...
Nice tribute to Bank's writing here: http://io9.com/11-rules-of-good-writing-that-iain-m-banks-left-as-his-512191076
Sad news indeed. He wrote fun, intelligent space opera of an interesting utopian future. My favourite was Consider Phlebas, but all his books both sf and non-sf were worth reading.
Great novelists have a habit of dying comparatively young from their 30s to early 70s (Ian Fleming, HP Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Robert E. Howard, and Michael Crichton most notably - most recently Iain (M) Banks - and Terry Pratchett now well on his way out way before 80, etc etc etc).
Just heard (been away). The Hydrogen Sonata is a great novel, everyone here should read it, brilliant sci-fi. We've lost one of the greats, guys. We should have had more. Too soon, too soon.
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