Iain Banks dead at 57: 'The Quarry' author had terminal cancer

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Scottish author Iain Banks is dead at the age of 59, just two months after announcing he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

According to a report by ABC News, Banks, best known for his novels "The Crow Road" and "The Wasp Factory," was set to publish "The Quarry," based on the last few weeks go his own life as a cancer-struck protagonist.

Banks' publisher released a statement saying, "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."

In addition to his many mainstream novels, Banks published science-fiction books under the name Iain M. Banks. He was presented with a final copy of "The Quarry" three weeks prior to his death.
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