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 Post subject: J G Ballard RIP
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:17 pm 
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Sad news:-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8007331.stm

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:34 pm 
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Very sad indeed. He will be missed.


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Yeah, I've just heard. The man was unique. He was a very big influence on Interzone - there used to be a joke that went around claiming that David Pringle had originally wanted to call it J.G. Ballard's SF Magazine. I still think that'd be a fine name for a magazine. Can you imagine what it'd be like?

Think I'll go and dig out one of his short story collections now and reread it.

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Shame. What a terrifically gifted writer he was, and a fascinating and unusual thinker. RIP JGB.

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He was a very big influence on Interzone - there used to be a joke that went around claiming that David Pringle had originally wanted to call it J.G. Ballard's SF Magazine. I still think that'd be a fine name for a magazine. Can you imagine what it'd be like?


I do remember at least one Ballard tribute issue of Interzone, and it's probably thanks to IZ that I first discovered his work. One of the best, and a pity we have no more great novels to look forward to. :cry:


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David Pringle (via fictionmags) points us to John Clute's obit:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obitu ... 71634.html

and a moving interview with Claire Walsh:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/ ... article.do


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:59 am 
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David Pringle also published a fine obituary in yesterday's Guardian.

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 Post subject: JG Ballard
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:12 pm 
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Interesting i/v at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jrpq6


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:22 pm 
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And another item, with an apprciation by Iain Sinclair, on the Today programme at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00jr4qm
Listen at 1hr 7 minutes.
(Ballard news item - end of news headlines - short Ballard feature).


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There was an interesting South Bank Show on Ballard on Youtube which I watched a while back, but it seems like it's now been removed for copyright reasons.

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Matthew Bannister talked to Bea Ballard, David Cronenberg and Brian Aldiss about the life of writer JG Ballard on BBC Radio 4's last word this week and you can still listen online but I'm not sure how long it will be available.


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Sad loss of a very great author.


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