Special Announcement: Iain M. Banks
About a couple hours or so, Orbit Books revealed a rather shocking piece of news (if that link doesn’t work, then try this): author Iain M. Banks has cancer and his next book, The Quarry, will be last book. The cancer is, unfortunately, in its late stages according to Iain, and therefore he has cancelled all public engagements for the rest of the year and will be spending time with family and friends.
I have to say that I applaud him for writing as heartfelt and moving letter as he did. It could not have been easy at all. I wish him a glorious time, what he has left of it, and hope that he discovers (and even rediscovers) as much happiness as he can.
But that’s not all.
I got thinking. You see, Iain M. Banks is not just any author. He is one of the giants of SFF, and has been for years. I dare say that he is easily one of the most recognisable names in publishing, right there with my personal favourites of Isaac Asimov, Raymond E. Feist, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, and a few choice others. Granted, I’ve not read any of his novels, but his work is recommended to me quite frequently.
That is one of the reasons why I put his Culture novels on my “25 Series To Read In 2013” list.
In light of this news, I’m going to be bumping the first novel up my reading pile.
Now, the main purpose of this post is to invite all my friends and readers into doing an Iain M. Banks Appreciation Month. It doesn’t have to be a specific month even, we just celebrate the impact that he has had on SFF, how he has inspired readers, and everything else that will one day be known as his legacy.
For myself, I’m going to celebrate by reading his novels. How would you like to participate? Tell me in the comments. I would love to do a massive joint cross-blog effort for this. Whether it is a review, an editorial, a guest post, or anything else you can think of, do so! I already have a number of friends who have accepted the invitation.
Now its your turn. Tell me, and lets celebrate and show how much we appreciate and respect what Iain M. Banks has done.
Posted on April 3, 2013, in Book News, Editorial, Guest Posts, News and tagged Book News, Cancer, Editorial, Iain M. Banks, Iain M. Banks Appreciation Month, News, Orbit Books. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.