Sad news today, as author Iain M. Banks has announced that he has been diagnosed with late stage gall bladder cancer. In a personal statement posted on Orbit’s website, Banks shared the news with fans that he is not expected to live beyond a year and that his latest novel, The Quarry, will be his final book.
Banks’ statement, which you can read in its entirety here, also mentions that he will be cancelling all public appearances in order to spend his remaining time with loved ones, friends, and family. Fans and friends can now check in on his progress and leave messages at Banksophilia: Friends of Iain Banks. In the meantime, our hearts and best wishes go out to Iain and his partner Adele.