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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:58 pm 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22015175#

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Author Iain Banks has revealed that he has late stage cancer and is unlikely to live for more than a year.

The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year, would be his last.

Born in Fife, Banks studied at Stirling University before publishing his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984.

He has alternated between mainstream and science fiction novels, which he wrote under the name Iain M Banks.

In 2008, he was named one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945 in a list compiled by The Times.

News of his illness was described as "terribly sad" by First Minister Alex Salmond.

He said: "Iain Banks is a remarkable writer who has made a lasting contribution to Scottish literature and culture, inspiring and enthralling readers for 30 years.

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Oh, no. :(

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gone.

I had only recently been introduced to his writing he struck me as writer with some new and different things to say.

so sad - I feel a bit selfish about his early death, like he had been taek naway before I really had time to "know" him.

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