So long JG Ballard, I think his books will grow in importance, he occupied a unique territory, actually taken seriously when writing SF. But most importantly he defied such simple classification. I tend to think he reported on the human condition and its cultural and psychological fetishes in a fiercely original and revelatory way. Where other authors might strive for effect and sensationalism I think he was always sincere, his perspective was accurate and creative. Those who couldn’t take him, were those whose worldview was constucted on denial, prurience and hypocrisy (New Labour?).