Just about a day after I wrote about how few really substantial authors I know and how hard it is to find new ones, the very one I used as my prime example announces he is dying and has stopped writing.
Iain, if you reincarnate, I hope it'll be in something like the Culture. I may join you.
Thanks, man, I can't count the hours of joy you've given me.
If you haven't read Iain Banks, you've missed out. Check my earlier mentions of him (scroll down for several posts).