Martin Amis on J.G. Ballard

"When he turned away from hardcore science fiction in the 1950s, Ballard rejected ‘outer space’ in favour of its opposite: ‘inner space’. Accordingly, he merges with his conjured futures, internalising them in a kind of imaginative martyrdom. The fusion of mood and setting, the mapping of a landscape of the troubled mind— this is what really matters in Ballard."

"We conclude that Ballard is quite unstimulated by human interaction— unless it takes the form of something inherently weird, like mob atavism or mass hysteria. What excites him is human isolation."

-From Martin Amis' introduction for J.G. Ballard's "The Drowned World", 50th anniversary edition.