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Old 06-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #16
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We knew this was coming but I am still sad. We lost a great author.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:42 PM   #17
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We knew this was coming but I am still sad. We lost a great author.
And a thoroughly nice man. I met Iain many times. He was always willing to talk to anyone. Not the least bit egotistical about his success. One of the real "good guys" of the industry.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:01 PM   #18
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Haven't read any of his books but that interview on the bbc.co.uk website was refreshing and very moving. RIP Mr Banks.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:04 PM   #19
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Very sad news, 59 is way to young to die.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:19 PM   #20
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Tributes to Mr Banks from fellow authors:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22838993
Loved Gaiman's anecdote about Banks on the ledge. And while I'm not a Gaiman fan (in terms of the work, not the person), I loved his saying that even Banks's "bad" books "were good, and the good ones were astonishing."

Was it you, Harry, who recounted a discussion-suffused train ride with Banks on these forums? Jeweled memory, that.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:51 PM   #21
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Yes, it was indeed. A train journey with Iain and Bob Shaw from the NW of England to a Glasgow Eastercon where they were both guests. Great fun, and astonishing amounts of whisky consumed . Alas both Bob and Iain are now dead, but at least I have the memories to enjoy.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:43 PM   #22
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Yes, it was indeed. A train journey with Iain and Bob Shaw from the NW of England to a Glasgow Eastercon where they were both guests. Great fun, and astonishing amounts of whisky consumed . Alas both Bob and Iain are now dead, but at least I have the memories to enjoy.
Indeed -- more than most of us have, which makes me happy for you.

I hope you'll try to recall the conversations and circumstances and write down any memorable bits -- if not for society at large, then at least for yourself.

I do that myself whether the person is celebrated or obscure, mostly because I feel it's my duty to honor them. (One could argue, of course, that Banks's body of work -- his corpus, as it were -- is testament enough.)

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:44 PM   #23
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R.I.P. Mr. Banks.... Enjoyed his novels....
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