Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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R.I.P., J.G. Ballard

Author J.G. Ballard has died.

Peaceful rest, Mr. Ballard.

His novels included the World War II story Empire of the Sun and Crash (made by David Cronenberg into a film); I've read and enjoyed Ballard's Hello, America, his 1981 post-apocalyptic novel about a mostly abandoned United States (nothing but desert east of the Rockies, something else west of them) and an expedition back to the continent. This is the novel with a psychotic man who's building a new empire out of Las Vegas and calling himself "President Charles Manson." Not quite a comedy, but often darkly funny. I've been meaning to read more Ballard.

(For reference: J.G. Ballard's website. And another obit.)
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