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Iain M. Banks Gets Asteroid Named After Him 30

Posted by Soulskill
from the singing-a-song-of-stone dept.
Charliemopps writes "On June 23rd, 2013, asteroid (5099) was officially named Iainbanks by the IAU, and will be referred to as such for as long as Earth Culture may endure. The official citation reads, '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 whiskey, he scorned social media and enjoyed writing music. He was an extra in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.'"
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Iain M. Banks Gets Asteroid Named After Him

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  • Re:posthumous (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MeepMeep (111932) on Friday July 05, 2013 @12:29PM (#44195627)
    Apparently, Mr. Galache tried to get it through as fast as possible but unfortunately Mr. Banks passed away too soon.

    I hope Mr. Galache does not mind my reposting of his post from [] :

    J.L. Galache on July 2, 2013 at 2:06 am said:
    Dear Iain,

    We never met, and never will, but your words will remain with me forever. Well, until it’s my turn to turn the lights off. And let me be clear that it’s the Sci-Fi words I’ll keep, not the mainstream ones you used to subsidize them. I admit to not having read all your Sci-Fi novels, but I do have a day job, you know?

    Speaking of which, my job as an astronomer at the Minor Planet Center allowed me the opportunity to propose that the International Astronomical Union name an asteroid after you. I really did try hard to get it through the bureaucracy as fast as possible, but alas the naming came a fortnight too late. As I say in my article, I’d like to think you would have been amused by this: []

    Dear Adele,

    I hope you can accept this humble gift on Iain’s behalf. Even if he is ever forgotten (and he won’t be), his name will remain as that of asteroid Iainbanks, a 6.1 km hunk of rock orbiting our Sun between Mars and Jupiter every 3.94 years.

    May it orbit forever.


    —JL Galache
    Minor Planet Center

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe