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06/17/2013 08:12 am ET Updated Aug 17, 2013

How 8 Famous Writers Chose Their Pen Names | Mental Floss

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Scottish author Iain Banks died earlier this week after battling gall bladder cancer. With him died his nom de plume Iain M. Banks, under which he wrote science fiction. I admit I'm not familiar with the work Banks wrote under either name, and when I heard the news, I initially thought it weird that two writers with such similar names died on the same day. I wasn't alone, and my Twitter feed was soon littered with realizations from others that they were the same guy.

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