Tuesday, June 11, 2013

RIP Iain M. Banks

Sad, although expected, news: the great Scottish writer Iain (M.) Banks has died. Just two months ago he wrote an honest, clear-eyed note about his cancer, fully aware he would not live out the year. What bravery. I haven't read everything Banks wrote, but a couple of his works - The Player of Games (1988) and The Bridge (1986) - provided me with some of the most enjoyable reading I can remember. And I've always absolutely loved the cover art for his books published in the early 1990s, evoking as it does the epic grandeur of his space operas, all of which are filled with wit and drama, intellectual games, sharp characterization, beauty and sophistication - and yes, many a scene of alien guttural horror. I can't recommend his books highly enough!

 
 
 
 
 

Iain (Menzies) Banks, 1954 - 2013

7 comments:

Al Fetherlin said...

Oh goodness. It's so horrible when you find out your heroes are indeed mortal. I pass on my sadness and joy in knowing Mr. Banks has brought entertainment to millions.
Thank you for sharing the news and your admiration to your fans.

Josh Caporale said...

Very sad to see several horror writers dying this year. Sad news indeed!

chris said...

He was my favourite writer. I'm gutted about his death. I saw an excerpt of his final interview with BBC a few weeks ago. He displayed an amazing amount of poise, humour and dignity, facing his imminent death. Although they aren't horror, I strongly urge you to read his entire body of science fiction writing, the Culture novels in particular. They are incredible.

Unknown said...

I second the above comment, and add that one of the best novels I've ever read was The Wasp Factory.

Will Errickson said...

So great to see Banks fans! I believe I will read EXCESSION next...

thebookhaven said...

I finished The Wasp Factory a few months back and loved his typically 90s style. Too bad that a writer of his caliber passed away so prematurely (late fifties I believe).

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