Iain (M) Banks: goodbye!

I tried to post this on the very excellent Worlds Without End site, on a commemorative blog post, but it said “comments closed”!  So it goes here.

I stumbled upon Iain Banks’s “Complicity” nearly 20 years ago, probably in a public library, and thought it was brilliant.
I then chanced upon “Against a Dark Background”, and thought it was…well, depressing, unsurprisingly. “Use of Weapons” I thought even more so, although I really liked “Feersum Endjinn”, discovered shortly thereafter.
There followed a gap of YEARS – at least ten – before I found “Consider Phlebas”, in my local bookshop.
I was hooked: The Culture pulled me in, and I have been avidly reading everything I could by Banks ever since. And re-reading, in the case of AaDB and UoW, and discovering reasons to enjoy.
It’s the encyclopaedic level of his creation(s), the dark humour – and the ships…I fell in love with his ships.
I was devastated when I discovered he was ill, and more so when he died. We shall not see his like again – and I will never read another Culture novel. A double blow.  Goodbye, Iain!!


About Ed Rybicki

Ed is a 60-ish virologist and biotechnologist, formerly a Zambian and presently a South African. He is into family, virology, biotechnology, science in general, science fiction in particular, photography, red wine, wearing loud shirts, 70s rock, blues and smooth jazz...and telling stories. Sometimes, interesting ones. And writing for his own amusement.
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