Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Iain Banks and the cosmic ray with his name on it

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Stuart Kelly’s final interview with Iain Banks us up on The Guardian, and Banks’ thoughts on the cause of his cancer:

As we walk to the door, Banks pulls one final, left-field surprise. “Do you know that I know what caused the cancer? …cosmic ray,” he says. “I won’t brook any contradiction; it was a high-energy particle. A star exploded hundreds or thousands of years ago and ever since there’s been a cosmic ray – a bad-magic bullet with my name on it, to quote Ken – heading towards the moment where it hit one of my cells and mutated it. That’s an SF author’s way to bow out; none of this banal transcription error stuff.

The Cancer Causing Daily Mail List

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

How could I fail to link to The Daily Dust’s Top 20 List of things that cause cancer, as decreed by The Daily Mail.

Yes if you’re a fan of Facebook, wine, chips, mouthwash, talcum powder, red meat or catch a cold, well you’d better watch out.

And all of these are before I glance at (the sadly no longer updated) Daily Mail Oncological Ontology Project!