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This broke my heart.
Hi Ian, i just finished Surface Detail, my first Culture novel, and can’t wait to start another. Thanks for the brilliant work.
i was waiting in the hospital Cardiac ward for a check up on the old ticker
next to me was a young lad with his head in a book, it was Consider Phlebas
i asked if he was enjoying the read, he said his dad had recommended it to him
i answered it was a fantastic book. It was the first one i read then went on to read every word Iain had published.What a sadder world it would have been
if he didnt put the first word down.
Sadly missed but always in print…………
Thank you so much for this.
During past week and experiencing a lot of sadness in Riga, I realized how important it is to experience life, while you can. Thank you for sharing your stories with us!
well iain,better late than never i suppose. sorry,i hope your in a wonderous place and i will keep hoping the culture will change its mind about this ball of rock and come in and sort things out.i hope i bump into you somewhere else in the future.
hello my dear friend, I consider all people my friends. really you can just go and die on us now. who is going to replace you??? I just read about your circumstances today and I’ve had so many things I wanted to ask you and discuss with you. but now it seems the time has grown too short. I sincerely hope we will meet up together someday on a starship exploring the galaxy. as your writing progress it was clear to me that you were seeing the future in one form or another. I too have hopes that the human race will make it through this stage of ignorant arrogant aggressive innocence?!? I may be reaching out to you too late… but I wish you all the best. maybe I will continue the culture novel series in some sense or another. big hugs to both you and your new wife, your future friend
Well Iain- I’m saddened at your news. As a recent discoverer of your works, I’m devastated. Love your books – god I don’t know what to say that will help you at all.
This is the time we have to confront the Big Knowledge.
Just keep living till you stop.
Love and highest regards-
It’s sad to see people spamming an obituary post but I dare say Mr Banks would have found it amusing. Although not as funny as the encouragements to continue his great work.
It’s a different sort of funny how you can miss a man you never met and the works you’ll never read.
Maestro te echaremos de menos. Nos vemos en algún orbital dentro de unos años
The worlds Iain created and allowed me to participate in were awesome, fantastic and amazing. his mind and soul have touched me and many others very deeply and his influence upon my soul very definitely shows he continues beyond his death in a very powerful way. Those blessed to know him personally are privileged to also be touched in a more intimate and immediate way.
The vibrations he created, in both his writing and his personal life, have gone on to effect us all in a wonderful way. Our culture is improve by his existence and will continue to be so as new generations discover his words, from today until the end of humanity. I will never forget him, and humanity will never forget his influence. All my love to his friends, family, and all the strangers who knew his dreams.
Thanks for sharing this story .It was great ,,,,,,,,,
How out of touch I’ve been. I just learned that Iain Banks has died. Half a year ago. A casual mention on another website shocked me and led me, finally, here.
One consequence of celebrity is the fallacy of friendship: we recognize a name, a face, from repeated exposure and somewhere in the murk of our minds think we know a person. I did not know Iain (note the familiarity of address), but my reaction to the news of his death is as to news of a dear friend’s passing.
Yes, I read Iain’s work, starting with The Wasp Factory and quickly expanding to the Culture novels: science fiction geek going back to the 1950s. I’m old enough to have started reading his work as he started publishing, and devoured all as it appeared and waited impatiently for more. Now there will be no more.
I wish I had said “thank you” when it might have meant something.
Thank you for great novels and fantastics journeys you wrote!
Your name will shine in the stars and our hearts forever.
Hi Iain… I just met your novels. Reading “Matter” I was happy to realize that SF has again some great authors around. And after so short time I realize you already left us. I’m really sad for this: so thank you for the huge amount of novels! This is the privilege of artists: to keep on giving the world their gifts forever.
Looking through the bibliography, I realise I have yet to read about six of your novels. This has provided a silver lining to the dark cloud of loss. It would have been so much better if you had still been around to share yet more of your wonderful imagination in the years to come. Sleep well and thanks for leaving behind such a wonderful body of work.
I lead a rather boring social life, possibly because of my long work hours and an itinerate lifestyle. But my pre bedtime has for years been taken up with 15 minutes of the perfect distraction of a Banks Sci Fi novel.
I miss his work tremendously and as such I guess I miss him. I guess it’s kind of selfish that I miss him only because he supplied me something.
I actually recognised one of our pub regulars as Iain prior to knowing he wrote books! I had read all of the non SF books and have now read them also. All the ‘intellectual’ bullshit is just that. Fiction is fiction – the ability to make this seem real is a true art form – Iain succeeded in this and I will truly miss him.
PS: for any local pedants out there; yes I know the George is currently closed for refurbishment. . . I’ll be emailing Palmers to enquire about purchasing any of the pictures I have also become accustomed to over the past 20 years. . . consistency denied . . . again!!!
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