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.