It’s been three weeks since I blogged about british writer J.G. Ballard and The Atrocity Exhibition, one of his most daring books.


Well today I woke up and what did my RSS-reader tell me? He passed away on Sunday, aged 78.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006, his latest book was to be a collection of dialogues with his oncologist. “Conversations” was due to be published in September by HarperCollins, according to the BBC this has been cancelled following the news of his death.

Maybe I heard the banshee cry, maybe it’s pure coincidence that I blogged about him so shortly before his departure. If reality was anyhing like his sci-fi-shorts, it would probably be the former.

J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition
Heavily influenced by Cut-Up-writers like William Burroughs, it’s a mesmerizing blend of pop-cultural artefacts, memes and tropes. “Why I want to fuck Ronald Reagan”, “The University of Death”, “You: Coma: Marylin Monroe”

Entering the Ballardosphere
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. (Collins English Dictionary)