Iain Banks Not Dead: Official
Iain’s trademark black humour has been in full force lately. I first heard that he was extremely ill some weeks ago, when he texted several friends with the news and made some cracking jokes about his mortality. I’d met him a little while back, and we went for a drink. Now the Scottish SF author has publicly admitted that he’s “officially Very Poorly” and is expected to live for just a few months, but that he’ll make his partner ‘a good widow’.
Iain, 59, announced in a statement today on his website, which crashed as thousands attempted to log on, that he had been diagnosed with late-stage gall bladder cancer, and was extremely unlikely to live for long. It’s a devastating blow for SF literature, as Iain is one of the best of my generation of writers. More proof that God doesn’t reward excellence.
Jeffrey Archer is still alive.