A post on G+ alerted me to the news, this morning. Iain Banks has lost his battle with gallbladder cancer and passed away.
I am currently reading Matter, and have The Hydrogen Sonata to look forward to. And then I can return to the origin point, I guess, and read all his books again.
The BBC News has more details - with various other UK news sources pretty much regurgitating the same press release.
As he was a humanist, I suspect Mr Banks might get a little annoyed about people suggesting that he had gone to a better place. I would prefer to remember him for his "big ideas" science fiction, and suggest that he has now achieved a Zero Point Energy State. My thoughts are with his wife and family.
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