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J. G. Ballard has died.


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted April 19 2009 - 11:18 AM

From news.scotsman.com

By CLAIRE GARDNER
"THE acclaimed author JG Ballard, whose novels include Crash and Empire of the Sun, has died after a long illness. He was 78.
His agent, Margaret Hanbury, said Ballard, who had been suffering from prostate cancer, died at his home in Shepperton in west London, yesterday.

Despite being referred to as a science fiction writer, Ballard said his books were "picturing the
psychology of the future".

His most acclaimed novel was Empire of the Sun, based on his childhood in a Japanese prison camp in China.

In a prolific career, James Graham Ballard attracted critical acclaim and controversy in equal measure."



He wrote Empire Of The Sun and Crash (the good one).

His novel "Crash" (1973) was rejected by a publishing house reader who wrote, "This author is beyond psychiatric help. Do Not Publish!"

Was revealed that he declined a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) honor for "services to literature" in 2003. He told The Sunday Times, "Thousands of medals are given out in the name of a non-existent empire. It makes us look a laughing stock and encourages deference to the crown. I think it is exploited by politicians and always has been." [December 2003]




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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted April 19 2009 - 01:45 PM

Thanks to whoever fixed my topic header. Posted Image
"I was born to ramble, born to rove
Some men are searchin for the Holy Grail
But there ain't nothin sweeter 
Than riden' the rails."
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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   David (C)

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Posted April 19 2009 - 01:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Henry Gale
Crash (the good one).
Yes. I always called it (the real one) but (the good one) is better.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   JoshuaB.

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Posted April 20 2009 - 09:09 AM

I first got into J. G. Ballard in the late 90s (just before Cronenberg's Crash adaptation was released in Canada)--loved his urban nightmare/dystopian trilogy (Crash, Concrete Island and High Rise) and even his early, literary science fiction (very good for people--like me--who aren't interested in reading science fiction).