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Date: 2009-04-20 20:31
Subject: J.G. Ballard 1930-2009
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Author J.G. Ballard died yesterday. Looking back on it, it's surprising how many of his books I've actually read: the short story collections Memories of the Space Age, Vermillion Sands, The Best Science Fiction of J.G. Ballard, the semi-autobiographical Empire of the Sun and The Kindness of Women, and the novels High-Rise, Hello America, and The Atrocity Exhibition (which was an 'experimental' novel that I didn't like at all).

I wouldn't say he was a master fiction writer, as a lot of times his writing wasn't as strong as his ideas and imagination. I think my favourite work of his is the short story "The Man Who Walked on the Moon" from Memories of the Space Age, which is very sad and bittersweet and has a definite Ray Bradbury vibe.

A couple of notable films were made from his works. Empire of the Sun by Steven Speilberg is great, and features some definite Ballardian moments. Crash by David Cronenberg was something I enjoyed when I saw it, but I'm not sure how I'd react to it now. I do think it captured the feel of Toronto though.

On another note, I think I will try to start-up writing reviews again, try for one a day until I get caught up.
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User: ecknazine
Date: 2009-04-21 18:29 (UTC)
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I tried to read one of his books once, but didn't get too far. This was quite a while back; I might not have a problem reading his books now. I should give him another try one of these days. Maybe I'll look for the collection with that short story you mentioned, if you recommend it.

Having admitted to that, anyone can read the premise for one of his many novels and see that the world will be missing an immense, unique imagination in fiction.
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User: electric_pages
Date: 2009-04-25 04:50 (UTC)
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Yeah, he certainly did have a great imagination.

Actually, the collection I mentioned, Memories of the Space Age, is both put out by a small press and contains a lot of stories that are almost like different drafts of the same story, so I wouldn't really recommend it to start off. I think Empire of the Sun is probably his most accessible and readable work. There's also a few 'Best of' type collections of his short stories that would probably also have some good stuff.
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