JG Ballard, “poet of the bloody marriage of technology and sexuality”

In November 1951, “l’Observateur”, ancestor of “l’Obs”, devoted two pages to science fiction and Louis Capace (pseudonym of Michel Pilotin, writer and publisher of SF) observed: “There is an intellectual excitement there, a logical intoxication that never fails to stimulate. » “Le Nouvel Observateur” has devoted many articles over the years to SF works, especially books, but sometimes others as well, especially cinema.

This is why this summer, we are offering you a (re)discovery of several “Nouvel Obs” archives, around authors, works or more broadly the state of science fiction.

Ray Bradbury: in space, paraplegics will be freed from gravity

JG Ballard (1930-2009) initially painted “slow apocalypses” where a natural scourge ravages the world (drought, crystallization of plants and animals, increasingly strong winds, rising waters. ..). Then he moves on in his novels to the violence of the modern world: sex and fantasies around car accidents in “Crash”, which David Cronenberg will bring to the screen, tensions in the closed universe of a skyscraper (“IGH “)… In “The Atrocity Fair”, Ballard exposes a character with a changing name to landscapes of deserted hotels, twilight beaches and psychiatric hospitals where bizarre experiments take place.

In “Empire of the Sun”, in 1984, the writer recounts his own adolescence, a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in S

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