Iain M. Banks Losing His Battle With Cancer
Sad news in the world of books today: Iain M. Banks—or just Iain Banks, depending on which genre you're reading—announced via his website that he only has months to live. The author of both a successful sci-fi series and several literary fiction titles has run out of options in his fight against gall bladder cancer. He writes:
The bottom line, now, I'm afraid, is that as a late stage gall bladder cancer patient, I'm expected to live for 'several months' and it’s extremely unlikely I'll live beyond a year. So it looks like my latest novel, The Quarry, will be my last.
As a result, I've withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I've asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry — but we find ghoulish humour helps). By the time this goes out we'll be married and on a short honeymoon. We intend to spend however much quality time I have left seeing friends and relations and visiting places that have meant a lot to us. Meanwhile my heroic publishers are doing all they can to bring the publication date of my new novel forward by as much as four months, to give me a better chance of being around when it hits the shelves.
I haven't been able to find out whether The Quarry will fall under Banks' literary fiction work, or if it will be another in his Culture series of sci-fi novels (if you're unfamiliar with this, iO9 has a nice primer). In any case, let's hope he can see its publication.
Please share your thoughts on Banks and his work in the comments section. When his time comes, he will be sorely missed.
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