Tributes have been paid to best-selling author Iain Banks who has died aged 59. A statement from his publisher Little, Brown said: "Banks has been one of the country's best loved novelists for both his mainstream and science fiction books since the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory.
"Iain Banks' ability to combine the most fertile of imaginations with his own highly distinctive brand of gothic humour made him unique. He is an irreplaceable part of the literary world."
Scottish author Iain Banks has died following a battle with gall bladder cancer, his family are reported to have said. In a post on the website Banksophilia, the author's friend Martin quoted wife Adele:
“Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain.”
Please leave messages here, he absolutely loved them. For now, a fond farewell to our friend.
Iain Banks is one of the greatest writers Scotland has produced, and one who was influential in the 20th and into the 21st Century.
I think he is one of the most modern Scottish writers. He brought this modern energy. I think when we talk about esteemed writers we think of the past and we think of classical themes. But Iain always brought a great modernity to it - a great love of technology.
Him straddling science fiction and mainstream fiction made perfect sense because he brought such an enthusiasm for technology and a look to the future into all his fiction.