Iain Banks

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Asteroid Named for Late Science Fiction Author Iain Banks


iain-banks-1Science fiction fandom lost one of its brightest lights last month with the death of Iain Banks, creator of the “Culture” series, among other fantastic books. One of his fans, José Luis Galache, a scientist employed by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, has chosen to honor Banks by naming an asteroid in his honor.

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RIP Iain Banks


159623-120519-rev-iain-banksThe literary world has lost a giant today: Iain Banks, author of the justly celebrated Culture science fiction series, along with many works of literary fiction, has died of cancer. Banks was 59 years-old. He is survived by his wife Adele.

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Iain Banks: “It’s Extremely Unlikely I’ll Live Beyond a Year”


ConsiderPhlebasVery sad news from author Iain Banks: The author of The Wasp Factory, the Culture series and many other books announced today that he has been diagnosed with terminal, inoperable cancer. Banks said on his blog that the cancer started in his gall bladder and has spread to his liver, pancreas and lymph nodes. Removal of the tumors is not an option, and while chemotherapy might extend his lifespan beyond the few months he’s expected to live, it’s unlikely that he’ll live more than a year.

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