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Myths of a Near Future: Simon Sellars, Bruce Sterling and V. Vale

By • Nov 15th, 2010 •

Category: Barcelona, body horror, boredom, Bruce Sterling, celebrity culture, consumerism, cyberpunk, deep time, features, inner space, Lead Story, New Worlds, Salvador Dali, surrealism, William Burroughs

Two years ago, Simon Sellars, Bruce Sterling and V. Vale appeared on a panel, ‘Myths of a Near Future’, to discuss the work of J.G. Ballard. Our friend Tim Chapman was in the audience and he has kindly transcribed the discussion. Here it is, two years late, but hopefully still of interest: ‘Myths of a Near Future’.



Review: Jeremy Reed’s West End Survival Kit

By • Feb 8th, 2010 •

Category: alternate worlds, biology, body horror, boredom, CCTV, celebrity culture, conspiracy theory, consumerism, cyberpunk, death of affect, entropy, Hawkwind, inner space, Lead Story, psychopathology, reviews, surrealism, surveillance, technology

A review-essay of Jeremy Reed’s latest collection of poetry, West End Survival Kit. The review also discusses the long and enigmatic relationship Reed has with Ballard, who wrote the foreword to the collection, where he paid tribute to Reed’s ‘extraterrestrial talent’.



'Unblinking, clinical': From Ballard to cyberpunk

By • Nov 26th, 2008 •

Category: America, Bruce Sterling, cyberpunk, features, Michael Moorcock, New Worlds, technology, William Burroughs, William Gibson

Bruce Sterling wrote: ‘For the cyberpunks … technology is visceral. It is not the bottled genie of remote Big Science boffins; it is pervasive, utterly intimate. Not outside us, but next to us. Under our skin; often, inside our minds.’ And Ballard’s influence was at the heart of it.



Goodbye America?

By • Jun 7th, 2008 •

Category: America, Ballardosphere, consumerism, cyberpunk, medical procedure

Over at Barnes & Noble, SF writer Paul Di Filippo tries to get America interested in Ballard.



Fire Up the Core Cannon

By • Jul 29th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Bruce Sterling, cyberpunk, literature, science fiction

Pedro writes: The canon of “Slipstream literature,” defined by a panel at Readercon has been posted by Paul DiFilippo. JGB is mentioned (Complete Stories as part of the “core canon” at number 10 and Empire of the Sun at 99). Kindness of Women was also suggested by one of the participants. Here is a response […]



UFOpunk: Mac Tonnies' Strange Blue World

By • Jul 3rd, 2007 •

Category: alternate worlds, Bruce Sterling, cyberpunk, David Cronenberg, interviews, paranormal, posthumanism, science fiction, William Burroughs

Mac Tonnies is a Kansas-based writer of post-cyberpunk science fiction (recently published by the redoubtable Rudy Rucker). He’s also the author of the book After the Martian Apocalypse, a speculative search for life on the Red Planet, as well as the originator of a ‘cryptoterrestrial’ philosophy that ambitiously seeks to explain (with ‘balanced skepticism’) a […]



The Chromium Geometry of the Toaster

By • Mar 7th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, body horror, cyberpunk, humour

Something Awful is currently taking the piss out of ‘cyberia’ and the early days of the internet, looking back to a time when hyperlinks were revolutionary because ‘we don’t have to look at text as linear anymore, because it’s all connected now. Information wants to be free. It wants to rape itself and bear its […]



Ballardosphere Wrap-Up, Part 1

By • Feb 26th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, cyberpunk, deep time, Jean Baudrillard, photography, space relics, speed & violence

Photo: Stephen Hughes. Read recently… + Via Fanny Magnate, David Chandler’s essay on the work of photographer Stephen Hughes: Over the last five years Hughes has worked all over Europe, developing an interest in what might be called ‘peripheral places’, sometimes places literally on the edge — of cities perhaps, or by the sea — […]



A Whirlpool with Seductive Furniture: The John Foxx Interview, part 2

By • Sep 2nd, 2006 •

Category: Australia, Brian Eno, cyberpunk, film, interviews, John Foxx, music, punk, William Burroughs

Interview by Simon Sellars John Foxx live at Shrewsbury, 1998. © Extreme Voice. This is part 2 of my interview with John Foxx, former lead singer of Ultravox before the band’s Midge Ure era, and an on-and-off solo artist for the past 25 years. Foxx’s Ultravox purveyed a damned, dreamy, paranoid — and often playful […]



JGB, Y'all (part 2)

By • Aug 15th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, cyberpunk

RU Sirius has posted Part 2 of his mp3 interview with sometime Ballardian contributor, Chris Nakashima-Brown. They talk at greater length about the legacy of Ballard and JGB’s influence on cyberpunk and beyond. Includes Chris reading from his luminescent cyber-Ballardian works. This interview could be your only chance ever to hear a serious discussion about […]



JGB, y'all

By • Aug 12th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, cyberpunk

Writer Chris Nakashima-Brown, instigator of the glorious Bruce Sterling/JG Ballard mashup on this site, and a man who has been described by a reviewer as “JG Ballard with a Texan twang”, was interviewed by cyberpunk holdout RU Sirius about “applied Ballardianism and the cyberpunk perspective on the war on terror”. Listen to the mp3 here […]



JG Ballard vs the Metal Eaters

By • Jun 11th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, cyberpunk, William Burroughs

Here’s a review of an interesting-sounding Japanese cyberculture book, Full Metal Apache by Takayuki Tatsumi. In its analysis of Japanese popular culture — of ‘metal eaters’, ‘pink samurai and punk cats in space’ — Tatsumi brings into play Neuromancer, Blade Runner, Thomas Pynchon, JG Ballard, Burroughs, cyborg theory… Wow — it all seems so…uh…last century. […]



Random Ballard Reference

By • Jun 3rd, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, cyberpunk, music

from 2005: it’s old but good, it’s k-punk — where it at. Decipher at will. “Wasn’t Postpunk in many ways already cyberpunk, the ‘post’ precisely signaling a break with lumpenpunk’s dull r and r orthodoxy? But the ‘cyber’ component of postpunk was not only, or even primiarily, sonic, it was also a matter of the […]



'Child of the Diaspora': Sterling on Ballard

By • Oct 7th, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Bruce Sterling, cyberpunk, enviro-disaster, flying, interviews, invisible literature, medical procedure, science fiction, sexual politics, Shepperton, urban decay, William Burroughs

Bruce Sterling is a prolific science-fiction writer, futurist, social critic and design professor, best known for his bestselling novels and seminal short fiction, and as the editor of the Mirrorshades anthology that defined the ‘cyberpunk’ subgenre. His nonfiction includes works of futurism such as Tomorrow Now; a regular column and blog for Wired; and his […]