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What a great shame!Mr Banks is one of my all time favorite authors. My personal favorite is 'Against a dark background' which is one of the most immersive books that I have ever read. I must have read it a dozen times from cover to cover and it still seems as fresh as the first time. A definite recommendation to all of you interested in science fiction.The Wife lost her Mother to this awful disease last year age 60 and Iain is only 59. The sooner a cure is found the better, Just hope one is possible.All the best Iain.Cliff.

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One of my favourite authors too and by all accounts a very nice chap. My wife had a mastectomy this week for breast cancer -thankfully she found out in time, but for many the diagnosis comes to late.  I hope to see the day when we can defeat cancer in its many forms.

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Regardless of who it is, cancer touches everyone, awful and I feel for him, I have to say his are amongst the most disturbing books I have ever read. Not a fan at all, but best regards to him and his family. 

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Very sad news indeed, I'm a big fan of his books (both as Iain Banks and Iain M Banks).

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The only non-M book I've read (all the way through at least) is Transitions, which was almost SF anyway, I've read all the M books though, several times, he may write what looks like fairly standard space opera but the way he does it, the wit, the humour, give it a colour that I've not found in any other author. The Culture and particularly the Minds might be one of the finest SF creations ever. They can be dark, although the last one, The Hydrogen Sonata, was positively silly (I mean that in a good way).

Any other author and I'd be sad about it but I don't think I'd miss the "lost" books particularly but I just can't believe I'll never read another Culture novel, that's a gap that can't be filled by anyone else. I know that's a very selfish way of looking at it but I don't know him personally so I can't grieve for him in that respect, so I'll have to grieve the loss of the future enjoyment he would have provided.

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The_Lhc wrote:

The only non-M book I've read (all the way through at least) is Transitions, which was almost SF anyway, I've read all the M books though, several times, he may write what looks like fairly standard space opera but the way he does it, the wit, the humour, give it a colour that I've not found in any other author. The Culture and particularly the Minds might be one of the finest SF creations ever. They can be dark, although the last one, The Hydrogen Sonata, was positively silly (I mean that in a good way).

Any other author and I'd be sad about it but I don't think I'd miss the "lost" books particularly but I just can't believe I'll never read another Culture novel, that's a gap that can't be filled by anyone else. I know that's a very selfish way of looking at it but I don't know him personally so I can't grieve for him in that respect, so I'll have to grieve the loss of the future enjoyment he would have provided.

Well said and my sentiments also.

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I've just read on sky news that he's died, RIP.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1101388/iain-banks-award-winning-scottish-author-dies

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Oh b****r. That's my evening ruined. RIP.

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Very sad day, I bought all his books last year having only read Tha Wasp Factory many years ago, there will be a certain amount of sadness when I get to the last one Sad

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As all have said, a very sad day.  I can still remember my astonishment at reading The Wasp Factory when it was first released. I read it again recently (prompted by his announcement that he was ill) and it has not lost any of it's magic.   A few years ago, I actually met the man himself and have to say what a nice guy he was.  To my mind, we have lost one of the great writers of the 20th/21st century - and that's from someone who has never managed to finish one of his SF novels!!!

RIP Iain.

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RIP Iain Banks - one of my absolute favourite authors. I preferred him with an M, but like LHC, I really enjoyed Transition. The player of games is probably my favourite. A nerds paradise - board games and sci fi in a glorious mash up! 

I'll really miss the culture novels but fortunately I hadn't read Hydrogen Sonata yet, so I will savour it, and then read them all from start to end.

Iain M Banks - now sublimed...

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andrew_cawood wrote:
RIP Iain Banks - one of my absolute favourite authors. I preferred him with an M, but like LHC, I really enjoyed Transition. The player of games is probably my favourite. A nerds paradise - board games and sci fi in a glorious mash up!

I'm not even sure which one my favourite was, I've read Excession more than any of the others but that's mainly because I still haven't figured out what's going on! I might have to run through them all again now.

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I'll really miss the culture novels but fortunately I hadn't read Hydrogen Sonata yet, so I will savour it, and then read them all from start to end.

I enjoyed it, relatively speaking though it's got a very silly tone about it, that's not necessarily a bad thing but it is one of the funnier Culture books I thought.

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Quote:because I still haven't figured out what's going on

I don't think I ever fully knew what was happening in any of them - I was always just left in awe of his imagination. I particularly loved some of the rogue ship characters - the psychotic Falling outside the normal moral constraints in Surface Detail is a particular favourite. 

I wonder whether we'll now see a brave director prepared to take on one of the culture novels. I'd love to see someone's attempt to visualise the incredible world* he created - obviously I'll also hate all of the inevitable innacuracies and inconsistencies with my own interpretation!

*I use this word advisedly - fully knowing its limitations in this case. 

 

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ayjaycee wrote:

 and that's from someone who has never managed to finish one of his SF novels!!!

RIP Iain.

It's not just me then!.....I have tried with Surface Detail and Matter (which I did just finish) but I just could not properly engage with them. Once I've finished his 'normal' fiction I'll give the culture novels another go I think. Wink

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ayjaycee wrote:

 and that's from someone who has never managed to finish one of his SF novels!!!

RIP Iain.

It's not just me then!.....I have tried with Surface Detail and Matter (which I did just finish) but I just could not properly engage with them. Once I've finished his 'normal' fiction I'll give the culture novels another go I think. Wink

I'd say you're starting in the wrong place, go back to the earlier ones, on balance I prefer those over the later ones (although I still like the later books).