The author J.G. Ballard has passed away. More at BBC.
While JG Ballard's seeming obsession with technology, disaster, sex and violence was not to everyone's taste, there is no doubting the huge impact of his work. He was an original, a man who spent most of his life charting hopes and terrors, and trying to make sense of the 20th century.
And he wrote Running Wild which I read at school and still consider one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to read.