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Other Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Discussion in 'General' started by julianmartin, 3 Apr 2013.

  1. julianmartin

    julianmartin resident cyborg.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22015175

    Tragic, tragic news and I'm sure many other forum members will be as gutted as I am to read this. A great author and probably my all time favourite, really defining the space opera genre for me.
     
  2. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    Oh man this makes me sad :( I have read all his non sci fi books (the weird ones) I am getting through his sci fi stuff. That's a real shocker :(
     
  3. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    Oh nuts, he's one of my favorite authors. I've got all of his novels. Very sad.
     
  4. gilljoy

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    Very sad news, amazing author :(
     
  5. suenstar

    suenstar Collector of Things

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    Well that's just made me very depressed... been a huge fan of his works for a long time.
     
  6. Pookeyhead

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    I read. Bummed me out for the day.

    Cancer sucks. :sigh:
     
  8. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    np.

    Mods close please.. and redirect.
     
  10. steveo_mcg

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    :(

    I can't summon up any other words...
     
  11. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Along with Azimov one of the true greats in the sci-fi world for me. Horrid news indeed.
     
  12. Pookeyhead

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    I'm gonna read all his books again, one after the other as a mark of respect. I know he's not gone yet... but so what. Very sad news indeed.
     
  13. rainbowbridge

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    Cancer - The Forbidden Cures by M. Mazzucco
     
  14. Journeyer

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    Well great, this did nothing to help alleviate my grim mood this morning.
    I'll have to pay the great Iain M. Banks a tribute in the form of re-reading all his books starting with Excession I think.

    Here's to hoping you beat the odds and pull through Mr. Banks (and then finally write a culture book that tops Excession).
     
  15. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Think i may go back to the start with 'Consider Phlebas' although i still have his most recent to read. A shame book reading can't heal.
     
  16. Journeyer

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    Indeed it is.
    The Hydrogen Sonata was, as expected, a very good book, and quite similar to Excession in its expression, but lacking the same overall feel that you got from Excession. There's a sense of playfulness and excitement in Excession that I feel is missing or diminished in Sonata. However, as always with his books; it is a very good read.
     
  17. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    I've got all the culture novels, some physical and some Kindle. Personally I thought Hydrogen Sonata was harking back to earlier works in the series and recaptured more of the essence of the series.

    Its terrible news for him and his family, and I'm sad that there'll be no more culture novels :(
     
  18. Boorach

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    Was gutted to read this news story yesterday. Player of Games was the first Iain M Banks book I read back in 1993 and it started a lasting love affair with the Culture and Banks sci-fi works in general. Full collection takes pride of place on my bookshelf and its very sad that it won't be expanding any further.
     
  19. Journeyer

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    In the article he states that his current book, The Quarry, will probably be his last. So at least one more Banks book will take place on our bookshelves soon. I too am proud owner of all his books in hardcopy form.
     
  20. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Threads merged, in case of confusion.

    Sad news - I've not read many of his books, but I enjoyed the Wasp Factory and The Bridge immensely.
     

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