Author Iain M. Banks (b.1954) died on June 9. Banks was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of April. Banks began publishing in 1984 with the novel The Wasp Factory and over several years published the Culture novels. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. Banks won ther British Science Fiction Award for his novels Feersum Endjinn and Excession. He was announced as the Guest of Honor for Loncon 3. His final novel, The Quarry, will be published later this month.
Iain M. Banks has announced that he has been diagnosed with late-stage gall bladder cancer and states that he is unlikely to live for more than a year. Originally diagnosed with jaundice, later tests revealed the extent of his illness. Banks has married his long-time companion Adele and has announced the cancellation of all future engagements. The author of The Wasp Factory, Feersum Endjinn, and the Culture series, Banks has been announced as the Guest of Honor for the 2014 Worldcon in London. Banks and Loncon have stated that his attendance is unlikely at the convention.