One of my favourite Science Fiction authors,Iain Menzies Banks has terminal cancer and maybe only months to live.
For those who may not have read his science fiction novels,they describe a galaxy(our very own milkyway)full of life of all shapes and sizes where
humanity has transcended our primitive ways to reach a post scarcity civilisation called "the Culture" where we are "looked after" by giant AI
"minds" whose sole purpose is to facilitate the pursuit of happiness of the humans.
He truly is a visionary in terms of how he sees our potential in the future,once we shake off the shakles of slavery to money,resources,leaders,and
Thats not to say there are no bad guys-they are usually of other species,but they are there and cause some great problems and adventures for citizens
of "the Culture."
As a writer,Iain has expanded my imagination in ways I could not fathom before reading his wonderful novels,and it is with great sadness that I write
of his failing health.
The really sad thing is that if we were even 1% as advanced as his vision of humans in space,then he could be cured by science.
Yet here we are in 2013 burning coal and oil like its the last day on Earth...
This wiki page has much info on his works:
Although he has until recently shunned the internet,he has now set up a page where people can leave comments for him.
Anyone who is a fan of his work as I am,may leave commets for him here:
His passing will make our planet a less awesome place IMO,yet his work shall endure throughout our future-maybe even influencing the direction we are
heading in some way or another.
He should have one of the "mars one" habitats named after him I think,as what they are attempting could well put us on the path to what he
envisioned in his incredible science fiction novels-a galaxy where humans prosper because of technology,instead of being enslaved by it.
Thank you Mr Banks,for expanding my imagination,and enriching my existence with your amazing tales of science fiction.
My heart goes out to him and his family at this terrible time,and I will treausre my memories of his stories always.
What a guy.