Iain Banks lost his battle with gall bladder cancer today. The Wasp Factory is one of the books most frequently mentioned to me as a book I should discuss on this site and it is an odd/sick book classic, a piece of dark genius. Banks was an author who was truly sui generis and I hope when my time comes, I am able to go with the same black humor Banks showed at the end.
I felt a strange kinship with Banks because I know so few people in real life who never feel lonely. He was raised an only child in a bookish home and as a result, he grew into an adult who never needed company because he was never at loose ends with himself and he didn’t feel the aching loneliness that seems so much a part of the lives of many people. It’s a gift from the Universe to be given the sort of personality wherein one seldom if ever feels boredom or isolation from others.
Banks’ writing as Iain M. Banks informed a lot of how it is that I look at odd books. It’s deeply saddening that he is gone.