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RIP, J.G. Ballard

Tue, April 21, 2009 (04:33 PM)

On April 19, 2009, the world said goodbye to one of its more influential and understated individuals, James Graham Ballard (15 November 1930 — 19 April 2009)

Ballard was a strong voice in the "New Wave" of Science Fiction authors, but his work touched many aspects of 20th century life, including popular music, film and television.

Ballard's early life was fictionalized in his semi-autobiography Empire of the Sun (later brought to the screen by noted director Steven Speilberg in a 1987 film of the same name)

Like the late John W. Campbell before him, Ballard's very name became a defining characteristic of science fiction, invoking themes of dystopian modernity, the follies of too-rapid advancement, and the toll such changes can wreak upon the individual.

He will be missed.

My first encounter was "The Atrocity Exhibition." I remember I wasn't sure what to make of it at the time, but the writing was unmistakeably excellent, and the work grew on me over time.

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