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Sad News

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:28 am

Just read this about Iain Banks, not good at all.

http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/219947-re ... al-cancer/
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Re: Sad News

Postby Quatermass » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:34 am

Who's Wee Dug wrote:Just read this about Iain Banks, not good at all.

http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/219947-re ... al-cancer/


Never read any of his, but I've heard of his stuff. :(
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Re: Sad News

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:43 am

I haven't read any of his either, but heard he's very good. How sad. :(

I once read a BBC news item online (this was several years ago) where they said that Iain Banks was a pseudonym of Terry Pratchett. :? Gods knows where they got that from.
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Re: Sad News

Postby Catch-up » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:05 pm

That's very sad. What an awful thing to discover. :(
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Re: Sad News

Postby Dotsie » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:48 pm

:cry: :cry:

Poor man. His books are wonderful, my dad got me onto them. He signed my tatty old copy of Whit, years ago, and I still think it's one of the best books I've ever read.
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Re: Sad News

Postby The Mad Collector » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:36 pm

Terrible news, I love his books. :(
One of those? Oh I'm sure I have one somewhere..

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Re: Sad News

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:07 pm

Sad news indeed. The Crow Road and Whit are my favourites of his works.

His full statement is worth reading.

As a result, I've withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I've asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry - but we find ghoulish humour helps). By the time this goes out we'll be married and on a short honeymoon. We intend to spend however much quality time I have left seeing friends and relations and visiting places that have meant a lot to us. Meanwhile my heroic publishers are doing all they can to bring the publication date of my new novel forward by as much as four months, to give me a better chance of being around when it hits the shelves.


Lastly, I'd like to add that from my GP onwards, the professionalism of the medics involved - and the speed with which the resources of the NHS in Scotland have been deployed - has been exemplary, and the standard of care deeply impressive. We're all just sorry the outcome hasn't been more cheerful.
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Re: Sad News

Postby janet » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:42 pm

Can only wish for his remaining time to be as happy as humanly possible and without pain. Gods bless.
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Re: Sad News

Postby high eight » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:25 pm

Bugger - I love his SF. Just finished Surface Detail which is my new favourite 'Culture' story. And now just one to go..... :(

Speaking of The Culture, don't you think that We Find Ghoulish Humour Helps would be a great name for one of their ships? :?
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Re: Sad News

Postby Dotsie » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:44 am

An excellent name :) Up there with Just the Washing Instruction Chip in Life's Rich Tapestry, and I Blame the Parents :lol:
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Re: Sad News

Postby Antiq » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:54 am

:crying-yellow: I read that yesterday. I adore his science fiction, he's one of the most original authors around today, and in my opinion one of the greatest science fiction writers EVER! To those of you who haven't read any of them, please do! You won't regret it. ( He writes sci-fi under Iain M. Banks, and his non-sci-fi under Iain Banks, without the M.) My favourite is The Algebraist.

Tony, I had just finished reading Dark Side of the Sun and Strata again, and I had commented to my daughter only a few days ago that I considered them underrated and that there was a definite Banks-ish quality about them, so I can see the link. I'm convinced Iain drew something from them.
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Re: Sad News

Postby MongoGutman » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:15 pm

A truly remarkable talent, his SF was/is mind-boggling.
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