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Icon of the new SF wave, author of numerous novels and short stories, JG Ballard had a provocative and influential style. He died in April 2009 and was remembered in our May 2009 issue.
Venue founder Charles Brown interviewed him in our September 1988 issue, and we’ve selected a few audio clips to share with you, in which Ballard talks about the importance of SF, and the influence of surrealism on his work and of its wider use in understanding the world.
“I always believed that… science fiction was extremely important, you know, it was the real, real literature of the 20th century. But I’ve always wanted him to broaden his field of action… broaden his pool of ideas, his vocabulary and his ambitions. It never seemed ambitious enough to me.
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