Ballard, J. G.
James Graham Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, satirist, and essayist known for provocative works of fiction which explored the relations between human psychology, technology, sex, and mass media. He first became associated with the New Wave of science fiction for post-apocalyptic novels such as The Drowned World (1962) and the novel Crash (1973), a story about a renegade group of car crash fetishists. The literary distinctiveness of Ballard’s fiction has given rise to the adjective “Ballardian”, defined by the Collins English Dictionary as “resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J. G. Ballard’s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments”. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry describes Ballard’s work as being occupied with “Eros, Thanatos, mass media and emergent technologies”.
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