He was an enormous influence on my reading from the late 80’s and early 90’s. A new book by Banks (M. or not) was always an event, and something to be anticipated, savoured and enjoyed. His books have long been a staple foundation of my bookshelves, often in multiple copies as they fall victim to much re-reading and passing around.
There was an outpouring of grief and condolences on my twitter feed yesterday (though, interestingly, virtually nothing on FB – Twitter, you have exceptional taste).
There’s also a truly fantastic collection of quotes on GoodReads from Iain and from his books. If you’ve never read any of his stuff, start there. Find a quote you like, then go buy the book. Or, if you’re already a fan, buy a book for someone who’s never read any of his work. As Neil himself puts it:
Even the bad ones were good, and the good ones were astonishing.
Me? I can only echo what everyone else has already said, in many other places, and far better than I am able.
Farewell, Iain. Here’s to you and your stories.
- Iain Banks, RIP (whatever.scalzi.com)
- Too soon (affable-lurking.org)
- Iain Banks, 1954-2013 (boingboing.net)
- Neil Gaiman: ‘Iain Banks was one of us, whatever that meant’ (guardian.co.uk)