[ExI] SF Author Iain Banks R.I.P.

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Jun 10 11:35:27 UTC 2013

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From: Birger Johansson <arthur99dent at hotmail.com>
To: S-Lem listan <lem-l at lists.rpi.edu>
CC: Steven Mills <barycenter at earthlink.net>, "matad at earthlink.net" <matad at earthlink.net>
Subject: SF Author Iain Banks R.I.P.
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Charlie Stross:
"I’d like to pause for a moment and reflect on my personal sense of loss. Iain’s more conventional literary works were generally delightful, edgy and fully engaged with the world in which he set them: his palpable outrage at inequity and iniquity shone through the page. And in his science fiction he achieved something, I think, that the genre rarely manages to do: he was intensely political, and infused his science fiction with a conviction that a future was possible in which people could live better — he brought to the task an an angry, compassionate, humane voice that single-handedly drowned out the privileged nerd chorus of the technocrat/libertarian fringe and in doing so managed to write a far-future space operatic universe that sane human beings would actually want to live in (if only it existed)."

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Jack Vance passed away less than a fortnight ago, but as he was in his nineties he had a full life and it was not such a tragedy. Banks was rather young but got one of those cancers that have no symptoms until after they have spread. Cancer sucks.



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