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Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby SadisticCynic » 03 Apr 2013 08:54

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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby inhuien » 03 Apr 2013 12:55

Poor Iain.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Ampoliros » 03 Apr 2013 17:06

This totally sucks, hope his road goes smooth. Going to miss more Culture books!


EDIT: I wonder how long he has known, the last 2 culture books had very heavy death/afterlife themes which make more sense now if he was contemplating his own exit.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Omphalos » 03 Apr 2013 20:57

That is sad to hear.

There must be something perverse in me though, because I've noticed that I enjoy books more after the authors are dead. Guess I'll be trying all those Culture novels sooner than I thought.

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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Hunchback Jack » 04 Apr 2013 00:19

Very sad and shocking, indeed. Such a great talent.

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I'm still very proud of The Quarry but … let's face it; in the end the real best way to sign off would have been with a great big rollicking Culture novel.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby inhuien » 04 Apr 2013 02:23

Ampoliros wrote:This totally sucks, hope his road goes smooth. Going to miss more Culture books!


EDIT: I wonder how long he has known, the last 2 culture books had very heavy death/afterlife themes which make more sense now if he was contemplating his own exit.

Re your edit, I had the same thought.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Serkanner » 04 Apr 2013 03:14

What a sad news. I hope he will not suffer much.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby lotek » 04 Apr 2013 12:33

Sad news for science fiction and literature.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Lawliet » 04 Apr 2013 13:23

Ampoliros wrote:This totally sucks, hope his road goes smooth. Going to miss more Culture books!


EDIT: I wonder how long he has known, the last 2 culture books had very heavy death/afterlife themes which make more sense now if he was contemplating his own exit.


Apparently he's only known it for a couple of months.

http://www.iain-banks.net/2013/04/03/a- ... ain-banks/

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.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Lawliet » 04 Apr 2013 14:47

By the way, i can only hope the same thing doesn't happen to George R.R. Martin.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Lawliet » 09 Jun 2013 13:41

Today is a sad day for science fiction and literature. :(

Iain Banks left the world a richer place than he found it. No more can be asked of any writer.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Hunchback Jack » 10 Jun 2013 02:19

Deeply saddening. He was truly a great writer, whose books were thought provoking, and fun to read. He will be missed.

Damn.

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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Serkanner » 10 Jun 2013 04:01

Iain's passing is a huge loss to literature. This is a sad day.
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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Freakzilla » 10 Jun 2013 08:21

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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby Sandwurm88 » 10 Jun 2013 14:34

Man, the greats of the genre are really going --Banks, Bradbury, Farmer, Clarke, etc. ...hopefully some new SF authors can fill their shoes.

This article is a nice one about Banks, btw.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10109274/Iain-Banks-dies-before-cancer-theme-novel-hits-shelves.html

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Re: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Postby inhuien » 12 Jun 2013 08:27

in Use of Weapons Iain M. Banks wrote:“The bomb lives only as it is falling.”

Rest in peace or sublime with pleasure.
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