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Old 03-04-2013, 11:31   #1
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Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Sad news:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22015175
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:34   #2
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Ah man, thats horrible news.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:46   #3
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Very sad. Fantastic sci-fi writer.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:40   #4
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Aww crap. That's awful to hear
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:46   #5
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I've had personal experience of said condition recently, to the extent he has it, and unfortunately he will likely just have weeks left. Incredibly cruel, evil disease.
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Old 03-04-2013, 13:26   #6
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Very sad. Fantastic sci-fi writer.
Fantastic writer. Period.

Very sad indeed. Haven't read anything of his for a while, but I love his early stuff.
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Old 03-04-2013, 14:10   #7
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Terrible and sad news...
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Old 03-04-2013, 15:39   #8
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Re: Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Extremely sad news. Herbert was a hero of my past, but Banks is a legend of my present - by far my favourite fiction author.
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Old 03-04-2013, 15:57   #9
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This is a real, real shame - absolutely loved his culture novels, they took sci-fi into a whole new scale of 'epic-ness', and I was just in the process of catching up on them after taking a break from his recent stories. Really sad.
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Old 03-04-2013, 16:50   #10
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Very sad news

I've loved his work since I got a copy of his short story collection free with a magazine, his Sci-fi had a huge universe full of some of the best characters/stories I've read, and his non sci-fi stuff was sometimes odd, but very good.

It seems a bad time for Sci-fi and Fantasy authors, as a fair few of the best have either passed away recently (last year or tow), or are in poor health.
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Old 03-04-2013, 17:22   #11
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I can't believe this! That is terrible. He is without a doubt my favourite sci-fi author. I devour every one of his Iain "M" Banks books.

Humanity is going to be losing a great asset, and I feel for him and his family.
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That's a damn shame. He was two of my favorite authors.
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I hate stories like this. He went to the doctor with a sore back and came out with the news he had cancer?! That's my hypochondria stoked up for a few weeks.

Never read any of his stuff, although I always intended to. Saw him in interviews and the like though and seems a very decent chap, so I'm sorry to hear this news.
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Iain Banks has terminal cancer

As I mentioned before it is truly a indiscriminate disease. You can have all the money or power in the world and it can still take you.

It's a personal and still raw issue for me at the moment, but when you are with someone who dies from this disease at the end, it does change you. Seeing a person who would never hurt a fly suffer such indignities really does change your whole outlook on life.

When you see children being treated for it, it hammers the point home even more. Although 59 is no age at least he has had a life.

Cancer is a **** and no mistake.
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Sorry for your loss Lou.
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Old 03-04-2013, 23:07   #16
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Re: Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Cancer is an absolute ****. My friend plays hockey with a girl called Kate. Kate went in for a routine op to do with her abdomen and a scan revealed a tumour on her ovary. This was December 2012. She started chemo in Feb of this year and died 3 weeks ago. I met her last year at my friends party and she was only 28 years old when she passed away.

If you're 80 years old, I could take it on the chin. But such young ages is so sad. 60 is far too young too.

You have my thoughts Lou.
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Iain Banks has terminal cancer

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Terrible news for him personally (and his family) an the world of literature too. The worlds best scifi writer.
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It's a personal and still raw issue for me at the moment, but when you are with someone who dies from this disease at the end, it does change you. Seeing a person who would never hurt a fly suffer such indignities really does change your whole outlook on life.
I lost my Dad last September. It wasn't cancer, he had heart and kidney failure. He was originally supposed to have months to live but battled on for four years in the end. There always seemed to be another milestone he'd reach for particularly with the grandchildren, next birthday, Christmas, etc, and he was amazingly strong, but we all watched him struggle more and more as he lost his mobility, independence, and over time his dignity. My wife and I were there at the end, and he seemed aware of us and I hoped it helped him, but it for us it horrendous as we literally saw the brightness and sparkle leave his eyes as he gradually slipped away.

I was strangely relieved initially when he passed, somewhat detached from it all, but weeks after it all hit me. I have to wear a mask for the sake of the children, but I was a mess on my birthday in October, I was selfishly resentful of everyone else having fun at Christmas, and my daughter was 21 at the weekend and all I could think of was who wasn't there. I've lost people before, including my Mom, but this has been unbearable. I'm can't shake the sense of loss, I'm not sleeping, and I cannot count the number of stupid, small things in a day seem to link back to my Dad, jerking me back to thoughts of him if I happen to dare forget for a time. A different disease, but it has changed my life too, and not at all in a good or positive way. My thoughts are with you Lou.

Sorry for the irrelevant and very personal rant. Perhaps I have thoughts I need to air to someone, or I'm just a nut job, who knows?
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I lost my Dad last September. It wasn't cancer, he had heart and kidney failure. He was originally supposed to have months to live but battled on for four years in the end. There always seemed to be another milestone he'd reach for particularly with the grandchildren, next birthday, Christmas, etc, and he was amazingly strong, but we all watched him struggle more and more as he lost his mobility, independence, and over time his dignity. My wife and I were there at the end, and he seemed aware of us and I hoped it helped him, but it for us it horrendous as we literally saw the brightness and sparkle leave his eyes as he gradually slipped away.

I was strangely relieved initially when he passed, somewhat detached from it all, but weeks after it all hit me. I have to wear a mask for the sake of the children, but I was a mess on my birthday in October, I was selfishly resentful of everyone else having fun at Christmas, and my daughter was 21 at the weekend and all I could think of was who wasn't there. I've lost people before, including my Mom, but this has been unbearable. I'm can't shake the sense of loss, I'm not sleeping, and I cannot count the number of stupid, small things in a day seem to link back to my Dad, jerking me back to thoughts of him if I happen to dare forget for a time. A different disease, but it has changed my life too, and not at all in a good or positive way. My thoughts are with you Lou.

Sorry for the irrelevant and very personal rant. Perhaps I have thoughts I need to air to someone, or I'm just a nut job, who knows?
Your experience sounds VERY similar to my own. Like you, I was initially relieved in a way, as it had dragged on for so long, and I hated having to go to work all day not knowing if they would be OK and what was going on. I also thought too that it brought an end to their suffering, but a little while on it does indeed strike you, that the person is gone, and they are going to miss out on seeing people around them grow up etc.

As I said, a little piece of you dies I think, at the same time. Annnnnyway, this is all for another thread. You have my sympathies.
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