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Iain M. Banks [Apr. 3rd, 2013|11:30 am]
Boo! One of my favorite authors (Iain M. Banks) is dying.

I've only read one of his non-SF books (they're published as Iain Banks, no middle initial), but I love the Culture novels immensely. Many of them tend toward the grim, but I think that's because they're set against the background of a humanist-utopian setting that would be pretty boring to write much about directly.

I think what I love most about his writing is the sense of things that are vast and wonderful but still have room for the very small and human.

If you haven't read him, do. If you have, go say farewell in the guestbook.

[User Picture]From: nitasee
2013-04-03 11:39 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've heard of him (hard not to as a librarian), but never read him. Now I must.

His announcement of his dying is full of humour. I admire that.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2013-04-04 02:54 am (UTC)
I've read mostly his non-space books. (Many of the Iain Banks books are speculative in their own way.) Culture was a bit too grim for me. He is a writer who had seemingly infinite worlds.
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[User Picture]From: snowninja7
2013-04-04 11:51 pm (UTC)
This was the worst news I've heard in a long time. Right up there with Terry Pratchett.
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[User Picture]From: snowninja7
2013-04-04 11:54 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised you describe the Culture novels as grim. Most of them deal with the seamy margins of said humanist-utopian society, but most seem to be relentlessly positive (in the big picture) even when things go badly (in the small picture). Futility of action in the face of macrocosmic events is a theme, but I'd hardly call that grim.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-04-05 06:09 pm (UTC)
Certainly I don't mean to imply that the arc of the plots is grim, because I agree, they are generally big-picture positive. I meant something more like that the stories contain a lot of really dire micro content within the optimistic macro framework.
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[User Picture]From: snowninja7
2013-04-05 06:34 pm (UTC)
Gritty, perhaps, rather than grim?

Clearly you need to come visit so we can have book club!
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