I was very upset to read that Iain Banks has gall bladder cancer. The Culture Series didi something i never thought a fiction writer could do to me ever since I’ve been teenager, and that is completely inhabit my imagination with the universe created in his books. I truly love every one of his Culture books, and they have become part of me. To know that he will no longer be able to carry on creating in his creative universe makes me incredibly sad. But, I am also massively grateful for all that he has created. I’ll be having several Scottish Whiskeys in his honor.