Iain Banks 1954-2013

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  1. JoeZhang

    JoeZhang Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Sadly it appears that Banks died this morning - A sad loss to writing.
     
  2. DalekJim

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    A great mind lost too soon, while so many closed and unused ones will outlast him.



    Seriously, fuck cancer.
     
  3. Wereghost

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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.
     
  4. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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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?
     
  5. WillsBabe

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    RIP. Chatted to him at a con bar years ago. Good bloke. Too soon.
     
  6. The Librarian

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    It is, truly, probably, the end days of SF literature.
     
  7. solariabsg25

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    Another great talent lost. Damn!
     
  8. stj

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    I had just found Complicity on the Netflix Monday, a sad synchronicity.

    Requiescat in pace. (And check for a pacemaker.)
     
  9. Mr. Adventure

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    A lot of stalwarts leaving us.


    I'm glad you didn't watch it illictly...
     
  10. Hound of UIster

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    A great loss to science fiction.
     
  11. JD

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    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.
     
  12. TedShatner10

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    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.
     
  13. Ridcully

    Ridcully Commodore Commodore

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    This is just not cool....love love his books....
    Old fan here:(
    Rest easy Mr Banks
     
  14. sidious618

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    Sad to see this. The Wasp Factory was an amazing novel that should be more popular.
     
  15. Candlelight

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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.
     
  16. bryce

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    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...

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET8IFxPo61w&list=PLB296DFD0AFFEA9AB[/yt]
     
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  18. Blackhorse47

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    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.
     
  19. TedShatner10

    TedShatner10 Commodore Commodore

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    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).
     
  20. Australis

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, DAMMIT!!

    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.

    And...

    FUCK CANCER!
    FUCK CANCER!
    FUCK CANCER!
    FUCK CANCER!!!!!!!!!!
     

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