09 June 2013
Iain M. Banks Succumbs to Cancer
Sad news today.
Iain M. Banks, author of the 'Culture' science-fiction novels (among them, Player of Games, Use of Weapons, and Consider Phlebas) and, as 'Iain Banks', many 'mainstream' novels (including The Wasp Factory and Complicity), has passed away. He recently had been diagnosed with cancer (mentioned here in April).
This link provides a nice overview of some of the themes of Banks's Culture novels.
EDIT: The BBC obituary.
EDIT 2: I just realised that I had misspelt 'Iain' in this post and my earlier one. After 20 years of reading his novels, I still make this mistake. As someone whose own name is misspelt regularly, I should know better!
EDIT 3: Economist Paul Krugman also is a fan.
EDIT 4: Charles Stross on Banks.
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