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Initial post: 3 Apr 2013 17:12:16 BDT
Obelix says:
It was confirmed today that the author of the The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Whit (among others) has terminal cancer.

This thread is for anyone who wants to share their fondest moments of the man and his books.

Take it away.

Posted on 3 Apr 2013 17:28:46 BDT
N. Brown says:
Fantastic writer and a great guy - I once wrote to him and he took the time to send a thoughtful, friendly reply.

Posted on 3 Apr 2013 19:58:08 BDT
I am very sad to hear this news today and hope he has a fantastic time for the rest of his life.

He is my favourite author of science fiction and I have eagerly bought every Culture novel in hardback, I was always delighted with each book. His imagination sparkled and always amazed me and I will really miss that frisson of excitement I had for the months before a new Culture novel.

Top man, thanks for all the books.

Posted on 3 Apr 2013 23:11:55 BDT
A. C. Riches says:
I'm just lost for words. I love his sf and learned a lot about writing by reading his books. All the best Iain.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 10:20:28 BDT
Dan Holloway says:
I read The Wasp Factory as a student. It made an instant impression on me and hasn't left me in the 20 and more years since. I hope what time he has left brings him as much joy and fullness as possible. He will be remembered for many generations to come.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 10:51:42 BDT
hardnut says:
I sat in shock on reading this terrible news. I just want to thank Iain, for the fantastic books and the joy he has brought me in reading them. I wish him well. I will miss that excitement of clutching a new Iain Banks release and racing home to start devouring it! All the best and good luck.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 12:35:40 BDT
Pretty sad news about Iain Banks. A great Scottish Son. & a true original. I recently reread The Wasp Factory, for the first time since I was about 19, for a school book club, and it was even nastier this time around. Totally brilliant. About 12 kids came to the book club, and most loved it. One boy said he almost puked at the 'brain scene'. Iain Banks would have approved! His greatest achievement for me has always been the way his novels have effortlessly moved around different genres. But like a butterfly never settled anywhere unless there was an "M" in his name. He's written so many great, off-the-wall, books he's in a class of his own. Even if I didn't like all of his books, a new Banks novel was always 'an event'. I read he has one final novel 'in the tank', so I hope it's a great one. And no more M Banks Culture novels..... Like many of my favourite authors I felt I knew Banks very well, so I'm very upset to read about his cancer.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 14:18:44 BDT
P. Jordan says:
I am very saddened by the news, both for Iain, his family, his friends and his fans. I read my first Iain Banks novel 25 years ago. I have read a new Iain Banks novel more-or-less every year of my life since then.

I have also been lucky enough to meet Iain on several occassions: when Complicity was published I remember him been really proud that the Birmingham Post hated it; an idea for a novel that would have seen him sharing a room with Salman Rushdie; the wry smile when I asked if he would sign one of my books with his rejected nom-de-plume John B MacAllan.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 19:23:36 BDT
C. J. Barton says:
I really do wish Iain all the very best. His statement announcing his illness was a remarkable piece of writing in itself. Everyone should read 'the wasp factory' if they get the chance.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 19:50:44 BDT
Been with him since The Wasp Factory. So shocked and saddened by the news. His books, so intelligent, imaginative, intriguing. Always, that spin at the end. The calm way he approaches the horror of a situation, leaving you to work it out. He sounds calm now, a considered statement, no drama. I'm so sorry Iain. You will be so missed. EMC

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 10:02:55 BDT
A. S. McLean says:
Mr Banks raised the level of joy in my life.
For that I am forever grateful

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 19:26:07 BDT
j m c says:
Iain Banks has been around for most of my adult life and the fact that he has only a year or so left to live is a huge loss to me as an avid reader and to literature as a whole. Although his sci-fi is too impenetrable for my tastes, his mainstream (if you can call it that!) is always interesting, darkly humerous and unpredictable. He is a one-off and will be sadly missed.

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 19:41:03 BDT
Ethereal says:
I'm about to start reading The Crow Road which has been on my tbr list for a year!
I guess I'll be reading it with a certain mindset now.

Posted on 8 Apr 2013 19:27:53 BDT
Obelix says:
I'd pick Whit for his best, and Espedair Street for my favourite. I bought his first six mainstream books, lined up like dominoes in the old black-and-white design of the time, and read them one after the other. Then I did the same with the rest.

Never liked Canal Dreams, though.

Posted on 22 Apr 2013 20:41:13 BDT
I am currently reading Espedair Street. I have been meaning to read his books since I saw the play of The Wasp Factory a few years ago. I am really. Enjoying it and wish that happier circumstances had made me finally pick up one of his books. I think I will read The Crow Road next.
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