The Pool of Ideas: J.G. Ballard Audio Clip from the Archives

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J.G. Ballard [F by Jerry Bauer] 1995

From the Audio Archives: J.G. Ballard

The iconic new wave SF author of many novels and short stories, J.G. Ballard had a provocative and influential style. He passed away in April 2009 and was remembered in our May 2009 issue.

Locus founder Charles Brown interviewed him in our September 1988 issue, and we’ve selected some audio clips to share with you, in which Ballard talks about the importance of SF, and the influence of surrealism on his work and its broader use in comprehending the world.

“I’ve always believed that… science fiction was immensely important, you know was the real, the true literature of the 20th century. But I’ve always wished that it would enlarge its scope… enlarge its pool of ideas, its vocabulary, and ambitions. It never seemed to me to be proper ambitious enough”

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