Iain M. Banks
Very sad to hear the news that my friend Iain Banks has passed away.
We all thought he had several months at least before the inevitable end but it was not to be.
I heard the news on the BBC News at 22.00 and was impessed by Ian Rankin’s interview about him and what he has meant to his friends and readers.
And now I’m just back from our local pub, where we went and raised a glass of malt to his memory. I had 10 y.o. Lagavulin and my partner Madeleine had a 10 y.o. Caol Ila, both from Islay. Cheers, Iain, you shan’t be forgotten!
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Transreal Fiction is a shop dedicated to selling science fiction, fantasy & related books, together with a limited selection of other merchandise.But really, it’s about books. Transreal Fiction opened in April 1997 in Cowgatehead and moved to it’s present location nearby in June 2011. The owner, Mike Calder, first sold sf & f books many years ago and has worked in the business either part- or full-time since. For years he also had a respectable job as well, but that’s another story…
The shop is named after the term coined by Rudy Rucker to describe his fiction and I thought it an apt name for a shop specialising in speculative fiction. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, Rudy Rucker was happy to allow me to use of the term as a name for my shop.
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