I got told today that the author of the Culture novels is dying of cancer!
See: Ian M Banks, cancer
I was just shocked! I've only read one of his SF books but I know how highly he is regarded in SF circles.
Thoughts go to his family at this awful time.
Not even 60 and many who have met him have said what a genuinely nice guy he is!
First we lose James Herbert, a favourite horror writer of mine, now this!