'Crash,' 'Empire of the Sun' author J.G. Ballard dies

Jgballard_240 British New Wave science fiction author J.G. Ballard has died. He was 78.

The author of the autobiographical "Empire of the Sun" and "Crash" passed away Sunday, April 19 in the London home of his longtime partner, reports the Los Angeles Times. Although he had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, no specific cause of death was cited.

"Empire of the Sun" tells of Ballard's experiences in a Japanese internment camp in Shanghai during World War II. Steven Spielberg made a movie based on the book starring Christian Bale.

Another work, "Crash," was more controversial, dealing with car-crash sexual fetishism and was also made into a movie by David Cronenberg.

The word "Ballardian" was coined and is defined 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," according to the  Collins English Dictionary.

For more, check out the LA Times.

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