J.G. Ballard has died, aged 78. I've only read Empire of the Sun, but what a strange book it was.
Funny synchronicities: I was just talking about Christian Bale in that movie a week ago. Then, day before yesterday, I read a review David Foster Wallace - yes - wrote of J.G. Ballard's work. Oh, and I put a book by Tom Stoppard back on the shelf today. He wrote the adaptation of Empire of the Sun. It's a world full of coincidences, people.