03/04/2013 09:55 BST

Iain Banks Cancer: Author's Best Quotes

Iain Banks announced on Wednesday that he is dying of cancer and will unlikely live beyond another year.

Already there has been an outpouring of support mixed with disbelief at the terrible news.

The author, best known for the 'The Wasp Factory', is a much-loved writer of fiction and science fiction.

Here are some gems from the man himself as well as some from his novels...