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J G Ballard

By Adam Roberts | April 19, 2009
Categories: Book News

The news of Ballard's death, whilst not unexpected, is still something of a jolt. I've just come off the phone from doing a radio interview with Dotun Adebayo (on Radio 5's Up All Night) trying, more than slightly on the hoof, to articulate what made him so crucial, so powerful, so uniquely and brilliantly disorienting a writer. Not sure I quite nailed it. It may take a while for not only the weight but also the nature of his influence on SF, and lit more generally, to become clear. Sad news.

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  1. Mark Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Sad indeed. I was rather miffed by the fact that the news channels distilled his career into 'that writer whose auto-biography was turned into a Spielberg film'.

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