Scottish author Iain Banks is surprised at the amount of love his fans and the world has shown him since he announced that he has terminal cancer. He announced that the was suffering from gall bladder cancer on 3 April. He stated that it is “extremely unlikely I’ll beyond a year.”
While writing on Banksophilia a website his friend created, Banks stated “Good grief! What an outpouring of love, affection and respect. I honestly had no idea.”
He also told readers that he felt “treasured.” He is flattered and touched and cannot understand this outpouring. His first novel The Wasp Factory was released in 1984 and at that time ranked as one of the best 100 books of the 20th century in a 1997 poll.
The 59 year old wrote that he also had recently returned form a short honeymoon with his wife Adele. The couple travelled in Paris and Venice. His proposal, ended with words like “Will you do me the honor of becoming my widow?”
He cancelled all public engagements after his diagnose and asked his punished to release the new book The Quarry. He also writes science fiction work under the name Iain M Banks. His latest was The Hydrogen Sonata and it was released last year.
He praised his fans as “bright” and was happy that he attracted the attention of his friends. He said that there is little chance that surgeons will remove the tumors in his liver because of how far they spread and he has been offered health advice and medical trials. He stated that he will write updates to his fans for “as long as I am able.”
I’m sad that Iain Banks has cancer. I’ll be reading ‘Raw Spirit’ a treatise on Scotland and whiskey before he goes.