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Ragged Scaffolding

Author: • Sep 22nd, 2007 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, science fiction, technology

Technovelgy is an intriguing site that explores the inventions of science fiction writers. And while we don’t often think of J.G. Ballard as a writer of predictive, ‘hard’ science fiction (ie, he’s never been bothered with imagining the shape of far-future technology, Asimov style, being far more interested in mapping out the psychological effects of current technology), Technovelgy includes a list of sci fi tech in Ballard (mostly from Vermilion Sands). Links at the end of each entry point to real-world developments that parallel Ballard’s fictional tech (such as next-generation billboards and ‘psychotropic’ architecture).

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