Tag Archives: J.G. Ballard

Cyberpunk: The Human Condition amid High-tech Alienation and Urban Dystopia

By Raymond Lam Source: BuddhistDoor.net I love the seashore and the countryside, but I have spent most of my life in cities, with little to no time spent in the country. I grew up in Brisbane, Australia (which, despite its … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: High Rise

“High Rise” (2015) is a British dystopian film directed by Ben Wheatley and based on a novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard. The film is set in luxury tower in a 1970s version of the future. The building … Continue reading

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Right to Burn

Free-market economics gives the poor equal rights to substandard housing  By Siddhartha Deb Source: The Baffler At the very end of the film High-Rise, Ben Wheatley’s 2015 adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel from the seventies, we hear a familiar authoritarian … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Crash! (1971)

From Open Culture: The Very First Film of J.G. Ballard’s Crash, Starring Ballard Himself (1971) The Collins English Dictionary defines “Ballardian” as “resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J. G. Ballard’s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak … Continue reading

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Arcadian Gates by T.A. Wardrope: Dystopia on the Fringe

By Brian Whitney Source: Disinfo T.A. Wardrope‘s new novel, Arcadian Gates, tells the story of how ten years ago, the entire nation was struck by a chemical weapon which destroyed most people’s memories. Akiry, a young woman who makes her way smuggling amongst … Continue reading

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