Regular readers will know that we have a fondness for Ballard up here in Huffer Towers, and we mourn his passing over this past weekend. The world has lost one of its true visionaries, a man who was unafraid to examine that which scuttles back into the darkness when the rocks of our civilisation (or should that be "civilisation"?) are overturned.
We'll leave you with a selection of thoughts and quotes from the man himelf:
"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."
"I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again... the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul."
"Consumerism is the greatest device anyone has invented for controlling people... For some particular reason, they call it shopping. But it's really the purest form of politics."