Iain Banks February 15th 1954 – June 9th 2013
Very sad literary news today – just two months after making a public statement about his illness, Iain Banks passed away today at age 59. The Scottish author had been suffering from cancer of the gall bladder. Banks was best known for his novel The Wasp Factory, though he was quite prolific and wrote many others pieces of fiction and science fiction. As a result of his illness, the publication of his final novel, The Quarry, was rushed forward at his request, and is to be published on June 25th. Sadly, that was still just a little bit too late. He leaves family, friends and countless readers and peers mourning his him as a person and a truly excellent writer.
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