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Old 06-09-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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Iain Banks dead from cancer aged 59

BBC News have just announced that Iain Banks has died from cancer. Very sad news.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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I will miss him and his novels very much. My condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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Hard to believe. Safe journey, Mr Banks.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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A sad day. My heart goes out to his family.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:28 PM   #5
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Very sad. Loved his novels.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:06 PM   #6
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So sorry to learn that Iain Banks has set off for Crow Road. May we meet him after sorrow's end; until then, his work will remain alive.
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Very surprising and very, very sad. One of my absolute favourite Sci-Fi authors, though to my shame I've not yet read any of his mainstream work. My sincere condolences to his wife and my commiserations with all those who loved his work.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:27 AM   #8
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Not surprising at all, unfortunately. Perhaps you missed the announcement that he'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of months ago?
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:47 AM   #9
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Very sad news indeed, and so soon after hearing he had cancer in the first place. It was that news that made me go and start reading his work, and I have to say we lost something important with Mr. Banks' passing.

Rest in peace.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:33 AM   #10
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I had just put Jack Vance on my TBR list in memorial, now I do the same with Ian Banks. Just started Gone with the Wind, so it will be a while.
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Not surprising at all, unfortunately. Perhaps you missed the announcement that he'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of months ago?
I meant that it was surprising to me, of course, and I did indeed miss the announcement of his illness.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:52 AM   #12
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An interview with Iain Banks, talking about his life and his diagnosis of cancer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22780003

Very moving to read.
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Thanks for the link. I'll watch the video when I have less work I need to keep a clear head for.

For those interested in reading Mr Banks mainstream work, might I recommend The Wasp Factory and Complicity. I've yet to penetrate the bulk of his non-sci-fi work, but those are the ones I finished and found very good.
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That is sad news.
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Tributes to Mr Banks from fellow authors:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22838993
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