Best-selling author Ursula Le Guin has died

She’s best known for her Earthsea series.  She has won the Newbery Medal and the Nebula and Hugo awards for science fiction and fantasy.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42798654

Margaret Atwood’s tribute  in The Guardian

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Iain Banks Dies of Cancer

The author of modern classics such as ‘The Wasp Factory’ and ‘The Crow Road’ has sadly died of cancer.  Ironically, 10 days before the publication of his novel ‘The Quarry’ which relates the story of ‘Guy’ who’s battling cancer.