JG Ballard

Obituary, BBC News, Apr 20, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

My reading of JG Ballard was exclusively of his earlier work, specifically, The Drowned World, The Wind from Nowhere, and The Drought. Ballard brought a personal realism to post-apocalyptic writing and evoked for me a clear idea of what life might be like in a world where technology and environment have both collapsed. I think people of my age, raised in a world that might descend into nuclear madness on any given day, needed some way to grapple with that prospect, and Ballard, from a unique perspective, was able to provide that.
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