BBC News and Boing Boing have noted that acclaimed author J.G. Ballard passed away today as a result of a long illness. Credited as a pioneer of science fiction writing, he was best known for his novels “Empire of the Sun” and “Crash,” both of which were adapted to film.
While I personally have not read enough of his work to write a formal obit as I have done previously, Ballard was a legend in the field of literature and his bibliography is impressive by any writer’s standards. Take a moment of silence to acknowledge his passing, and then I urge you to get your hands on some of his works. For an intro, the Boing Boing story has quite a few related articles of interest at the bottom of the page.
“All over the world major museums have bowed to the influence of Disney and become theme parks in their own right. The past, whether Renaissance Italy or ancient Egypt, is reassimilated and homogenized into its most digestible form. Desperate for the new, but disappointed with anything but the familiar, we recolonise past and future. The same trend can be seen in personal relationships, in the way people are expected to package themselves, their emotions and sexuality in attractive and instantly appealing forms.” – J.G. Ballard, “The Atrocity Exhibition”