25th March 2012: J.G. Ballard’s Kingdom Come

Scott Bradfield sums up J.G. Ballard’s final novel Kingdom Come (2006) in this New York Times review:

 

Ultimately, the Metro-Centre’s new and improved, radically futurized citizenry do what most Ballardian characters do: hunker down in their prisons and embrace their chains, take themselves hostage and refuse to be set free, secretly conspire with their victimizers and worship just about anybody who comes along to tell them how. This is where the future really happens, Ballard reminds his readers — way out in the suburbs where everybody looks like everybody else or faces the consequences.

 

You can read my 1994 REVelation Magazine interview with Ballard here.