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Iain Banks diagnosed with terminal cancer


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#1 Futtocks

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:00 AM

Author Iain Banks has revealed that he has late stage cancer and is unlikely to live beyond a year.

He posted a message on his official website saying he was cancelling all future public engagements.

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Between the optimist & the pessimist
The difference is quite droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut,
The pessimist sees the hole.


#2 gingerjon

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:06 AM

Saw this earlier. Very sad to see. I haven't really liked his later stuff as much but that could be just because I'm older and duller. The Wasp Factory was a huge part of my teenage insanity.
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#3 PC

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:26 PM

Very sad news. His Culture series is fantastic SF.

#4 Phil

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:00 PM

Very sad, I love the culture novels and Espedair Street is one of my favourite novels.
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#5 Methven Hornet

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:27 PM

I am shocked and saddened at this news. Iain 'Menzies' Banks has been such a part of my life over recent decades that it feels a little bit like a part of my imagination has been condemned to death. Very Scottish, very dark and, as others have said, an expert in utilising the absurd; his novels, for me, were a direct link from his imagination and creativity to mine. GJ talks of teenage insanity, and I think Iain has played a major part in extending that period for me well into my fifties.

I know that he is a confirmed atheist, even having honorary positions with the National Secular Society and the Humanist Society of Scotland, but if there is an after life I'd like to think of him living out the next 700 or so years in a Culture-like paradise - surrounded, of course, by stroppy drones with Fife accents.

Reading the remaining chapters of Stonemouth is going to be very poignant.
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#6 JohnM

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:57 PM

I don't know who this guy is but if the fact that he is famous and eloquent helps in some way the 155,000 people who die of cancer in the UK each year his life will not have been in vain.

Life is like a sewer: What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.


#7 Futtocks

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:08 AM

I've enjoyed many of his straight fiction and science fiction books, as well as 'Raw Spirit'.

The TV adaptation of 'The Crow Road' is also well worth seeking out.

Between the optimist & the pessimist
The difference is quite droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut,
The pessimist sees the hole.


#8 gingerjon

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:39 AM

I know that he is a confirmed atheist, even having honorary positions with the National Secular Society and the Humanist Society of Scotland,


Bit more here
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#9 chuffer

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:07 PM

The Wasp Factory was a huge part of my teenage insanity.

 

That was one fcuked up book...