I’ve just heard the very sad news that Iain Banks has died of cancer. He announced that he had terminal cancer back in April – which prompted me to read one of his books, The Bridge – and said he was expected to have less than a year to live, but just two months is so incredibly tragic. He just missed the publication of his final book, The Quarry, which is due to be released in only a couple of weeks time.
I’ve been very late in becoming a fan of his work – and I really need to read more – but I can recognise that his contribution to literature and the political sphere have been immense. He has around 30 published novels and has won many awards, including a Hugo Award and a British Science Fiction Award. He has campaigned for political causes ranging from Scottish independence, Humanism, opposition to the Iraq War and the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
He will be very missed by the multitude of fans and admirers he has developed over the last three decades.