Man that's sad.
There's that twisted sense of humour of his... He proposed to his partner by asking her - 'Will you do me the honour of becoming my widow?".
Coincidentally, two or three nights ago I decided to read through my collection of all his sci-fi novels again
I'm half way through Consider Phlebas.
I didn't realise he had a new Culture book out - "The Hydrogen Sonata"
I'll save that for the end and I guess that will be that so.