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The author Christopher Priest, whose novels include The Prestige, has died aged 80.
The internationally acclaimed novelist died from cancer on Friday after being diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma last summer.
Priest was the author of 18 novels during his decades-spanning career, gaining particular renown for his work in science fiction.
His 1995 novel The Prestige was taken to the big screen by the director Christopher Nolan. The 2006 film – which starred Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, David Bowie and Michael Caine – won widespread critical acclaim.
After Priest’s debut novel, Indoctrinaire, was published by Faber & Faber in 1970, he garnered increasing recognition.
His work would go on to receive widespread plaudits, culminating in the Prix Utopia award for lifetime achievement in 2001.
Max Edwards, his literary agent, said: “Christopher Priest was a true luminary. Like his near-contemporary JG Ballard, a biography of whom he was writing in his final months, he achieved the rare distinction of being lauded in both the literary and speculative fiction worlds.
“For over half a century he gave us an imagination as brilliant as his prose.”
Priest was born in Cheshire in 1943 and he was working on a biography of fellow British science fiction novelist Ballard up until days before his death.
Tomasz Hoskins, Priest’s editor at Bloomsbury, said: “His was a unique mind, and his legacy is a generation of intelligent science fiction writers inspired by his work and that of his contemporaries.”
Priest is survived by his wife, Nina Allan, a novelist and critic, and his children, Simon and Elizabeth.