“Without J.G. Ballard, none of this would exist. We’re weak on SF history, but we think it fair to say that Ballard was among the first world-class writers (perhaps along with the Soviets) to realize that SF was no longer merely a pulp genre, but had become the only possible vehicle for a mythos of the modern world, that it had replaced the psychological novel as the central artwork of our culture.”
J.G. Ballard, wrote the book Empire of the Sun, which was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. The book is based on actual events in Ballard’s life. He spent part of his childhood in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in China.
His fiction deals with technology and its visceral effects on the human subject.
Anonymous, Semiotext(e) SF.