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June 9, 2013 / magickittenblogs

Iain Banks, 1954 -2013

While out this afternoon, I heard the sad news that Iain Banks has died.  I’m still collecting my thoughts, really but I just wanted to share the statement posted by his publisher, Orbit, as I think it says it very well…

 

Iain Banks, 1954-2013

–  – June 9th, 2013

Iain M. BanksWe are incredibly sad to report that our beloved author, Iain Banks, died on Sunday, 9th June, following his cancer diagnosis in March. It has been Orbit’s great privilege to publish all of Iain’s SF works. Over the course of 25 years since the publication of CONSIDER PHLEBAS, we have been dazzled, entertained, heart-broken, inspired, exhilarated and – on a number of occasions – horrified, by the stories, characters (human and otherwise) and words that he has shared with us. As a person, and a writer, Iain’s generosity was boundless; his imagination spectacular; his intelligence piercing; and his spirit irresistible. The science fiction genre has lost one of its greatest and most original voices and we have lost one of our heroes. We will miss Iain enormously, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

The Orbit Team

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