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Archive for the ‘Japan’ Category

“Extreme Possibilities”: Mapping “the sea of time and space” in J.G. Ballard’s Pacific fictions

By • Aug 23rd, 2009 •

Category: academia, alternate worlds, features, inner space, Japan, Lead Story, memory, micronations, nuclear war, Pacific, Shanghai, war, WWII

What’s the connection between J.G. Ballard, Hakim Bey and Fredric Jameson? Tracking Ballard’s surreal visions of nuclear conflict to Ground Zero in the Pacific, the paper maps his peculiar, irradiated sense of “affirmative dystopias”, a template for his more enduring urban works (famously, Crash) that, finally, intersects in striking ways with the writings of Bey and Jameson.



"Now: Zero" vs Death Note

By • Apr 17th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, comics, Japan, manga, paranormal, short stories

Good old postmodernism. Here’s another claim about manga being influenced by an obscure Ballard story.



'Enigmatic Engineering' in The Wind from Nowhere

By • Feb 9th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, comics, Japan, manga

Could it really be possible that a Japanese manga artist was influenced by J.G. Ballard’s most obscure novel?