Most of you who are part of the sci-fi and fantasy community will know by now that author Iain M. Banks passed away over this weekend. He was a powerful force in the SFF world and wrote many novels, perhaps the most well known being those of the Culture series. Sadly, though several of his works have been on my “to read” list for some time, I have never actually gotten around to reading any of his writings. Is it too late to make a New Year’s resolution?
Banks was incredibly influential as a writer, and he left us with several lessons about how to approach writing in a sci-fi universe. Annalee Newitz has summarized them nicely in an article she wrote for io9. I have to say, reading over some of these makes me want to read his work even more. And for fellow writers out there, these are some interesting tips that diverge from the standard “writing advice” one might receive.
So R.I.P., Mr. Banks. And I promise I will read your work soon.