Iain M Banks has terminal cancer - not long to live

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Iain M Banks has terminal cancer - not long to live

Post by Diziet Sma » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:10 am

I'm totally gutted. Just finished reading The Hydrogen Sonata last night, as it happens. And then today, I learn this.. :cry: :cry: :cry:

This sums up his sense of humour - he hurriedly got married after he found out, asking his girlfriend: "if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow"
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home ... n.20710951

Miracles occasionally happen.. I really hope one happens for him.

More details on his condition here:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home ... 1364984855
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Post by CommRLock78 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:30 am

Diziet Sma wrote:I'm totally gutted. Just finished reading The Hydrogen Sonata last night, as it happens. And then today, I learn this.. :cry: :cry: :cry:

This sums up his sense of humour - he hurriedly got married after he found out, asking his girlfriend: "if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow"
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home ... n.20710951

Miracles occasionally happen.. I really hope one happens for him.

More details on his condition here:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home ... 1364984855
That's awful - but on the bright side, you got a chance to perhaps drop him a line. Unfortunately, an author who means a lot to me, John Seymour had passed away about a year before I read his book, Blueprint for a Green Planet, which, sadly, although over 20 years old, is just as poignant today as it was then. (The Forgotten Arts And Crafts is a really neat one as well - I just wish it were a little more in depth as apposed to an overview.)

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Re: Iain M Banks has terminal cancer - not long to live

Post by PhantorGorth » Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:22 am

I know both Iain and Adele (if not that well), though I haven't seen either in the last few years. It is very sad and Iain will be sorely missed. As Stephen Fry put it he is two of the nation's best authors, and as I will add, a really nice guy. :-(
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Post by DaddyHoggy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:33 am

Sorry guys, I saw the announcement the day Iain put it up on his website - but I was too numbed to mention it here.

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Post by Diziet Sma » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:58 am

PhantorGorth wrote: he is ... a really nice guy. :-(
I have a friend who also knows him personally, and he says the same thing..
He's a lovely bloke & a brilliant writer, someone who is never backward about getting his round in at the bar (in fact it's hard work buying him a drink).
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Post by Cody » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:35 pm

Diziet Sma wrote:... asking his girlfriend: "if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow"...
Yeah, I quoted that line elsewhere a few days ago - it says much about him. I've greatly enjoyed both his flavours of fiction... sad news indeed!
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Post by DaddyHoggy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:12 pm

Cody wrote:
Diziet Sma wrote:... asking his girlfriend: "if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow"...
Yeah, I quoted that line elsewhere a few days ago - it says much about him. I've greatly enjoyed both his flavours of fiction... sad news indeed!
It will make watching "Hot Fuzz" poignant as well as humorous.
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Post by maaarcooose » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:36 pm

I'm probably gonna get chastised here, but I've not read any of his books but I've always been aware of his Sci-fi works.

Someone please recommend one for me so I can catch up on what I'm missing.

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Post by Disembodied » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:47 pm

Hi Maaarcooose: for the Culture novels, it's best to start at the beginning, I think, with Consider Phlebas. Orbit published a boxed set last year of the first three Culture novels (Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons) if you want to get a bargain. But - for all sorts of reasons - I'd recommend Consider Phlebas as the starting point.

For non-Culture stuff, Against a Dark Background is a good read, and less ... odd ... than Feersum Endjinn and more straightforward than The Algebraist. Not that the latter is "difficult" or anything - just chunky.

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Post by Cody » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:58 pm

Definitely start with Consider Phlebas... and if you want a taste of his other (not sci-fi) fiction, try The Bridge or Espedair Street.
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Post by DaddyHoggy » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:49 pm

Cody wrote:Definitely start with Consider Phlebas... and if you want a taste of his other (not sci-fi) fiction, try The Bridge or Espedair Street.
Complicity is my non-SF favourite - mainly because it also contains references to 16-bit computing and the game Despot (which I presume Iain made up)
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Post by Disembodied » Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:10 pm

Despot is probably based on Civilization, which Iain got seriously addicted to (to the point where he had to de-install it from his computer to meet an already late deadline) and which is referenced to in other books too, e.g. the description of an "Outside Context Problem" from Excession:
The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass ... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.
Apparently, it was losing at Civilization which game him this idea ...

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Post by Tricky » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:29 am

Disembodied wrote:Hi Maaarcooose: for the Culture novels, it's best to start at the beginning, I think, with Consider Phlebas. Orbit published a boxed set last year of the first three Culture novels (Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons) if you want to get a bargain. But - for all sorts of reasons - I'd recommend Consider Phlebas as the starting point.
These 3 are my favourite Culture novels closely followed by the the latest and sadly last novel, The Hydrogen Sonata.

The State of the Art is also a good "light" Culture primer.

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Post by Cody » Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:46 pm

He has passed from this world - a great loss!

I think he referenced this song in one of his early novels - he had good taste in music.
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Post by Tichy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:12 pm

Sad news... :(

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