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Future Fascination: Ballard in SFX

Author: • Oct 30th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, film, Philip K. Dick, science fiction, terrorism

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Dom passes on news of yet another Ballard mini-interview, this time in the December 2007 edition of SFX Magazine. It’s just a series of quotes pasted onto the above photo, with the terrible title, ‘Never Mind the Ballards’.

Here’s the full text:

NEVER MIND THE BALLARDS
J.G. Ballard is still fascinated by the future, even though he doesn’t write SF anymore.

“I haven’t written any science fiction for a long time, probably not since the end of the ’60s. Novels like Crash and my recent novel Kingdom Come are not science fiction. So I’ve moved away from science fiction but I’m still very much interested in the next five minutes.”

“You don’t know what’s going to happen in the world because we’re going through a time of huge and dangerous change. The century practically started with the 9/11 tragedy at the World Trade Center and it looks as if it’s going to go on the way it started. There’s an ever-present threat of terrorist violence.”

“I’m interested in the future because I like to know what’s going to happen. Whether my own novels have stood the test of time, I can’t really say but the thing about the future is that it has arrived. If you’re writing about the present day, it’s impossible not to write about the future as well. It’s sort of pressing on the door, the social and political change.”

“The dominant fear now is the fear of Islamic terrorism. That is the future and it’s not likely to go away for a while. It’s difficult not to write about the future.”

“None of my books are being made into films at the moment, all is quiet. A lot of Philip K Dick’s books have been filmed; they fit the American mood. His novels are very paranoid and I think that touches a nerve in America.”

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