Skip to comments.Iain M Banks has Passed Away
Posted on 06/14/2013 10:02:00 AM PDT by Noumenon
Author Iain Banks has died aged 59, June 10, 2013, two months after announcing he had terminal cancer, his family has said.
Banks, who was born in Dunfermline, Fife, revealed in April he had gall bladder cancer and was unlikely to live for more than a year.
Banks was the author of a remarkable range of books, most notably his Culture series. He was noted for his wildly imaginative themes, his dark and often savagely funny sense of humor and his wry outlook on the foibles of human nature. He will be missed
Against a Dark Background
"Your table is ready, Mr. Zakalwe."
I’ll have to look into those. I feel very uncultured concerning more recent stuff. Thanks for bringing this topic up.
Thanks for the list. Hope you and yours are well.
"The bomb lives only as it is falling."
"The way to a mans heart is through his chest."
We can only wonder what he had in mind for later development.
"A small, short war that rarely extended throughout more than .02% of the galaxy by volume and .01% by stellar population. Rumors persist of far more impressive conflicts, stretching through vastly greater amounts of time and space....Nevertheless, the chronicles of the galaxy's older civilizations rate the Idiran-Culture war as the most significant conflict of the past fifty thousand years, and one of those singularly interesting Events they see so rarely these days."
ping for home research
Yes, that’s one of the things I always appreciated about Banks - his way of coshing you over the head in an almost offhand way with a mind-blowing shift in perspective. You suddenly realize that the context of the tale he’s telling is far larger, far stranger and far, far deeper than you realized.
Afraid I missed that one...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.