I, along with many other fans, was stunned by the death of Iain Banks last night. I have enjoyed both his science fiction and non-genre fiction (if you can call it that) for years. He leaves a black-hole sized gap in all of our bookshelves. You can listen to whole episode of the neRRRcast dedicated to the work of Banks recorded only a couple of weeks ago with guest Scott Grandison of Comic Book Outsiders.
~ Condolences to the family of Iain Menzies Banks (1954-2013) ~