Author Iain Banks Loses Battle With Cancer

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June 9, 2013 | 12:50pm EST

Scottish author Iain Banks has lost his battle with gall bladder cancer, just two months after announcing he was terminally ill.
The famed writer died on Sunday, aged 59.
A statement from his representatives at publisher Little, Brown Book Group, reads, “Iain Banks’ ability to combine the most fertile of imaginations with his own highly distinctive brand of gothic humor made him unique. (He was) an irreplaceable part of the literary world (and) one of the country’s best-loved novelists.”
Born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1954, Banks vowed at the age of 11 to be a writer and by the age of 16 he had penned his first novel, The Hungarian Lift-Jet. After studying English, philosophy and psychology at university, he became a published author at the age of 30 when his acclaimed work The Wasp Factory was released in 1984.
He went on to write a further 14 books and around a dozen sci-fi stories under the pen-name Iain M. Banks.
The author’s work includes The Crow Road and 1993 novel Complicity, which was adapted into a movie in 2000 starring Trainspotting actor Jonny Lee Miller.
Banks, who announced his battle with terminal cancer in a post on his official website in April (13), died just days before the release of his final project, The Quarry, which is due to hit stores on 20 June.
Twice-married Banks leaves wife Adele, who he married early this year as he battled his illness.