A Tribute to the Dead

A Tribute to the Dead by Ailyn Koay - www.wordtrance.com

Accord­ing to Ranker.com, there are 69 famous writ­ers who passed away this year (2013). So while you can read about the list at http://www.ranker.com/list/dead-authors-2013-authors-and-writers-who-died/jeff419 I would like to say a few words for the ones who missed out.

Iain Banks or Iain M. Banks, Scot­tish writer passed away June 2013. His more famous works include The Wasp Fac­tory and the last book The Quarry. Although I am not a fer­vent fan, his works are worth the time to read and the effort to under­stand. If you had watched Ret­ri­bu­tion, you will be pleased to know that it was his work, titled Com­plic­ity.

Mr Banks was diag­nosed with ter­mi­nal gall­blad­der can­cer begin­ning of 2013. Although his pub­lish­ers had agreed to bring for­ward The Quarry ear­lier on his request, sadly, he did not live long enough to see his last work being released into the pub­lic. Iain Banks passed away two months after the announce­ment, before his final song was out.

Bryce Courte­nay died Novem­ber 2012 of ter­mi­nal gas­tric can­cer. Although it is not 2013, I feel com­pelled to write some­thing about his work. Born in South Africa, Bryce made Aus­tralia his sec­ond home in 1958. Start­ing in 1989, his writ­ing career ended with Jack of Dia­monds, released 10 days before his pass­ing. He might not be well known in the US, because his books were not printed in Amer­ica due to some doubts in pop­u­lar­ity, but you can still get his books online.

Every­one should spend some time to watch the inter­view of Bryce with his long time pub­lisher Pen­guin at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/bryce-courtenay-writes-his-final-chapter-20121123-29xes.html. In the inter­view, you can see how skil­ful Bryce is with words when he shared his writ­ing expe­ri­ence with his fans.

Bryce had a dif­fer­ent view about immor­tal­ity: he does not believe that he will be remem­bered for very long. But, hope­fully his works will pre­vail, as do Iain Banks, they were both out­stand­ing writ­ers. As time goes by, new authors will con­tinue to make their mark in the world of words. One day, some­one might pick up an old book and enjoy it as much as I do now.

Rest in Peace.


Ailyn Koay


A Trib­ute to the Dead is writ­ten by: Ailyn Koay. You can find more from Ailyn at her blog, Penny For My Thoughts.


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