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J. G. Ballard
(1930-2009) born on
Nov 15
English novelist. He writes books of surrealistic fiction with apocalyptic themes; wrote the best-selling novel "Empire of the Sun," 1984.
         
   
F
A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction.

R
A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinaesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status --all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremenduous sexual event really: a liberation
A
Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
N
Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into the future.
K
Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Myths of the Near Future, "News from the Sun" (1982).
R: Interview in Penthouse (London, 1970; repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984).
A: Interview in Friends (London, 30 Oct. 1970; repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984).
N: Interview in Books and Bookmen (London, April 1971; repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984).
K: Interview in Heavy Metal (April 1971; repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984).
   


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