Science fiction fandom lost one of its brightest lights last month with the death of Iain Banks, creator of the “Culture” series, among other fantastic books. One of his fans, José Luis Galache, a scientist employed by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, has chosen to honor Banks by naming an asteroid in his honor.
“The Culture is an advanced society in whose midst most of Mr Banks’s Sci-Fi novels take place. Thanks to their technology they are able to hollow out asteroids and use them as ships capable of faster-than-light travel while providing a living habitat with centrifugally-generated gravity for their thousands of denizens. I’d like to think Mr Banks would have been amused to have his own rock.”
Here’s the formal citation for the asteroid, now known as “ianbanks”:
Iain M. Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish writer best known for the Culture series of science ﬁction novels; he also wrote ﬁction as Iain Banks. An evangelical atheist and lover of whisky, he scorned social media and enjoyed writing music. He was an extra in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.