Monday, 20 April 2009

RIP J.G. Ballard

It is with great sadness that I heard today about the passing of J.G. Ballard. J.G. Ballard was a great writer, and I enjoyed what I've read of his immensely; his story Billenium undoubtedly had an influence on my first published tale Machiavellian Times.

It is his dystopian vision that will perhaps remain formost in our minds; in fact a new word has come about thanks to him, as apparently reportedly recorded in the Collins English Dictionary:

BALLARDIAN: (adj) 1. of James Graham Ballard (J.G. Ballard; born 1930), the British novelist, or his works. (2) resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard’s novels & stories, esp. dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes & the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.

Goodbye, J.G. Ballard. You'll be missed.