Cult author JG Ballard dies age 78 (BBC obit
). Surprisingly he died of natural causes and not as a result of a middle class terrorist attack, or a knife fight at the tennis club.
The man was a master of portraying futures in which society crumbles and man's (often violent) base instincts are exposed. He will be fondly remembered for the perverted Crash (and also for the Spielberg blockbuster Empire of the Sun).
I am off to read me some Ballard.