The great Iain Banks as died, a fantastic author who was a huge influence on my writing. I was particularly fond of Consider Phlebas, which I still consider one of my top 10 favourite books of all time. To me it remains one of the best space operas ever written.
He wrote consistently good novels, in both science fiction and literary fiction, Use of Weapons, The Player of Games, Surface Detail, The Wasp Factory, Walking on Glass, The Bridge, Crow Road and Complicity to name my favourites. He will be missed.
I interviewed Iain a couple of years ago for Albedo One issue 41. The editorial team there say that interview will be up on site soon. I'll post when it is.