Just learned that J.G. Ballard has died. It isn't unexpected, because he has been ill for some years, but it's still a major shock and a major loss. According to the BBC news
, he was a 'cult' author - whatever that means. He was one of the few people to fully understand the second half of the twentieth century, and how it continues to shape the future.
UPDATE: obituaries by David Pringle in the Guardian
, Christopher Priest in the Financial Times
; others in the Telegraph
, and the Times
. Tributes and links collected at Ballardian.com
ALSO: Clute on Ballard