Cult author JG Ballard dead at 78
The author JG Ballard, famed for novels such as Crash and Empire of the Sun, has died aged 78 after a long illness.
His agent Margaret Hanbury said the author had been ill "for several years" and had died on Sunday morning.
Despite being referred to as a science fiction writer, Ballard said his books were instead "picturing the psychology of the future".
His most acclaimed novel was Empire of the Sun, based on his childhood in a Japanese prison camp in China.
バラードは昨年２月に発表した自伝Miracles of Lifeの中で末期前立腺癌であり、すでに骨髄にも転移していることを告白していた。だから遠からずこの日が来ることはわかっていた。だがどんなに覚悟していても、20世紀最大の作家を失ってしまった悲しみはどうしようもない。R.I.P.