Mr. Banks’ books brought such pleasure to me and my husband. I’m very to sorry about his passing. I wish comfort and peace for his family and friends.
Just heard Iain on a repeat of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs recorded in ’97. What a humble, talented man. Sadly missed, but not forgotten.
Too,too sad that cancer is taking so many loved ones. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Iain.
Grazie Iain delle ore fantastiche che mi hai fatto passare.
Una nuova avventura si apre per te.
Having just recently “discovered” Mr. Banks through the loan from a friend of “Consider Phlebas” and “Player of Games”, I feel a bit like Norman Kellogg upon his arrival in Boulder in Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
My best wishes for comfort for friends and family. Unlike Ozymandias, something beside remains.
Like some of the other posters I feel compelled to write something, even though it is really Iain I would like to tell of my sadness and express my thanks to.
It is early 2014 and I have just discovered the sad news of Iain’s passing. I am at work (engineer) and finding it hard not to shed a tear. It is so odd, my rational brain keeps asking “why are you so sad, you dont know this person” (etc etc etc), but personally it was the joy i took from Iain’s SF books and knowing that I will never again venture into a bookshop and find a Culture gem waiting for me on the shelf. Goodbye and thank you for taking me to some fabulous and at times scary places far far away. I will treasure your books even more so now that you are gone and once they are old enough, share them with my children.
I met Iain once while I was visiting little brown for work. My impression of him was a friendly and approachable man. I have all his books. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Have been repeatedly coming to this website and have had a solid lump in my throat at some of the comments people have written.
I feel you, I mean, I really feel you.
I’ve wanted to write something forever but I’ve just not had the courage to do it because I almost find it weird at just how attached I got to someone who I sort of didn’t know and I guess I don’t want to believe you’re gone.
I guess this is my closure?
Loved all your work but it was your sci fi that grabbed me and never let me go, one book (The Player of Games) blew away any allegiance I had to the old godfathers that I knew in star wars and star trek and started me on the wonderful journey that was the Culture.
You made me want to live in that world, the conversations it sparked with fellow fans were, and are, some of the best I’ve ever had, the speculation on where you were going to take us next and the fear that you might somehow end it all.
Anyway, before I completely babble on I just want to say thank you, an utter inspiration and one of the few people I consider a hero, a true gentleman and the likes of which I doubt I personally will come across again.
I will miss you terribly but not as much as your family and friends to whom my heart goes out to.
See you in the sublime o7
ps. Dorland Neale, you’re a 8=O
Happy new year Mr. Banks, wherever in the universe you may be. 2014 will be the richer with your works, the poorer without your presence.
I almost backed down when I found that Banks had died, but decided That his estate shouldn’t gain from ‘Hydrogen sonata’. Fourteen plus hours lost on such drivel! Thankfully, never again for me. Dorland Neale
My favourite memory of Iain was when The Wasp Factory was published and we got smashed in Whitstable, Kent where he was living at the time. He became surgically attached to a bottle of Malt Whisky (probably neither the 1st or last time that happened) and slowly slipped off the couch into snoring oblivion.
On being introduced to a friend of mine at my wedding in 1994, Iain’s response to the comment, “I love your work” was that my friend needed to get out more!
What a great guy Iain was, as well as a terrific author. RIP you godless heretic. FTT (yes, you know what that acronym means….)
I just began reading Iains work this last week…and I love it! I was so upset to learn of his passing. My condolences….and I hope he would enjoy it to know that he has given (and is still giving) a great amount of pleasure to an avid fan.
Thank you Iain, for every word. It is some consolation for me that although there will be no new books, re-reading what is already written brings some new discovery every time.
My heartfelt condolences to Adele and those who were his friends.
Wow, gone. I can’t believe it. I have every one of Iain’s SF books on my shelf, some I’ve read 2 or 3 times. One of my favourite authors. You will be sorely missed. RIP and thank you for colouring my world.
heard the bad news yesterday on TV, didnt know that Mr. Banks died already 6 month ago. Am so sorry about
A huge fan from germany
Que estejas em descanso Iain M. Banks. Soube agora, por acaso, que morreu em Junho passado o meu escritor favorito entre os vivos. Já não é mais.
Ia comprando os livros conforme ele os ia publicando, em inglês, numa quase rotina que esperava ainda pudesse durar bastante tempo. Foi na tentativa de saber se mais algum título estaria disponível que dei de caras com esta triste notícia.
I have just discovered this wonderful author, reading ‘Crow Road’. So devastated to discover he is no longer with us.
I know in a year or so I’ll be stood somewhere (if I’m still alive) in a book shop looking at the Sci-Fi section, lamenting your loss to humanity and my bookshelf. You were such an honorable, brave & stoic man being towards your death, almost a fictional character of one of your books one could say, but I have one very small criticism.
In an interview for BBC2’s Newsnight when asked if you’d like anyone to take over the Culture novels (after your death) you expressed a hope that nobody would. I hope in years to come (when we’ve all got over the shock of your passing) that this wish will be overlooked and some shining (perhaps Scottish) writer comes along and takes over the reigns.
If anybody agrees with me then perhaps we could start by suggesting writers on this very guestbook.
I don’t know what to say.
I first found Iain’s writing back in 1984, when I purchased a little black paperback with white writing embossed on it called the Wasp Factory. This little book fell apart about 6 years ago, after numerous reads and lendings. I was so enamoured by the book that I think I ended up buying nearly 10 copies and lending them out on the condition that they be lent onwards. I still hope that some of these are still in circulation (if not the original book, then a replacement copy).
I enjoyed Walking On Glass and struggled through The Bridge and then found nirvana in the first of the Culture novels. I have since ended up getting most of Iain’s books as first edition hardcovers – and where possible I tried to have them signed as well. I am not sure whether I would have enjoyed meeting Iain himself (although Raw Spirit did somewhat convince me otherwise), but I’ve found such enjoyment in his novels that I did not want to risk it.
Not following the author himself, I only just learned of his passing. With the exception of my grandmother, who passed on in 2011, no other death has made me sadder – and wishing we were slightly more advanced (technologically, at least). From his gleeful embracing of the brief for Raw Spirit, to the joyful nastiness of the little drone in Player of Games and the (slightly less joyful) nastiness of the protagonist in The Wasp Factory. From the single paragraph explaining the isolation of Golter in Dark Background to the book-long background exposition of Hisako in Canal Dreams and for the many long and short descriptive passages that let you inside so many of his characterisations….Iain, I thank you.
Adele – I am (belatedly) sorry for your loss.
A large empty …
I hope to leave with as much dignity.
Un grand vide…
J’espère partir avec autant de dignité.
It seems rather strange and awkward to leave a message that will never be read by the intended recipient, or possibly anyone at all. And yet something drives me to pay my own rather insignificant homage to Mr Banks, even if i don’t usually “do this type of thing”.
The universes and stories of the Culture, and various other mindscapes created by Ian M Banks have always formed the highlights of my passion for literature over the last 10 years. It greatly saddens me that there will be no glimpses into the great mind of this storyteller, and i fear it is a loss that will be felt deeply by those who have become as addicted as i to his chronicles of the people and places so vividly painted into our imagination by this great storyteller.
As an author he will be dearly missed by me, and my heartfelt condolences to those who knew him personally, He must have been a great man (one can tell).
remaining a “fan”, always,
There were no one like you and now there will never be.
Be well, wherever you are.
Kind regards from France.
I purchased “The Algebraist” a few years ago after reading a favorable review and was enthralled by the imagination and clever storytelling of Mr Banks. I have been reading sci fi since 1957 (yes I am pretty old) and would rank Iain M Banks at the absolute top of his field. I have read almost the complete canon and will read the few that have thus far eluded me.
I learned yesterday that my favourite SF writer since years died 6 month ago.
I’m still sad.
I’m gonna miss his brilliant novels, his fantastic Culture universe.
Hope, later, I’ll see you there Iain, and that you’ll be patient enough to have some words with a basic fan.
Thank you for the humanist vision you shared of the experience of what’s a living person, and what are his rights.
I know, you won’t read it
but I want to tell you “Thank you” for all your books, for all the time I was reading it. I miss you, and waiting for your last novel to read it slowly…
Miss you so much.
Thanks a lot. I will re-read your books constantly.
Rest in Peace, Dear Writer
Dear Mr Banks,
While reading The Hydrogen Sonata I’ve come across the news that you’ve passed away in June.
This is very sad news, but I’m glad you uploaded your various mind-states into your books so as to become part of an even greater Mind.
An admirer of your work from Germany.
Thankyou for all the great hours spent reading your work. Rest in Peace
Thankyou for all the great hours spent reading your work. Rest in Peace.
I just found out that Iain M. banks passed away yesterday. I was checking around on the net as I am finishing the Great North Road and was looking forward to another great read after finishing the Hydrogen Sonata. When I looked up Wikepedia and saw a birth and date of death for Mr. Banks, I immediately thought “Oh God, this must be a mistake,” or maybe it is a typo..but not this. I tried to share it with someone, my loss, my sadness, the void that there would be no more thrilling jaunts into the worlds of the Culture. I am still at a loss and it feels as if something big has been moved out of my life. As a big science fiction fan, Iain M. Banks was the best of the Sci-fi writers and I I don’t think that there will be anyone who can replace him. His style and wit in the Algebraist, to the sublimation of elder races in the Culture books was fabulous. I swore he had to be not from this planet and was simply writing about his experiences when he was home in the Culture.
I never met the man but he brought joy and happiness to my life and to his loved ones he left behind, In reading about his love for justice and his willingness to stand up to injustice (divestiture movement) he was quite a great human being. I miss him too. My sympathies to you and thanks for allowing him to share his world and worlds with us. Mark
Mark, thanks for your words, I wished I could express all that I feel as you presently did. You matched my feelings. Sorry for the bad english.
You were a wonderful writer. I will miss your imagination and all of our trips into space as well as into the soul.
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!!!