Iain Banks, another of my heroes, died last night. Banks was only 59. He was diagnosed barely two months ago–right as he was finishing up what will now be his last book, The Quarry, which is about a man dying of cancer. Banks’ announcement about the diagnosis was calm and exhibited his usual understated […]

Vance’s Saga

Jack Vance is dead. Ninety-six years old–he didn’t live to see the Earth die, but that’s still a hell of a run. I only recently became a fan of Jack Vance’s, because I’m a bit of an idiot, but Vance’s work has been a huge influence on my own work anyway. How’s that, you […]