20 Eerie J. G. Ballard Predictions About the Future

"The advanced societies of the future will not be governed by reason. They will be driven by irrationality, by competing systems of psychopathology."

Kicking off this weekend at Anthology Film Archives is a retrospective of films inspired by the writing of British author J.G. Ballard, ”whose uncompromising, fearless, and sometimes frighteningly penetrating vision of our modern, technological society, and the psychological and erotic dimensions that underlie it, manifested itself in 19 masterful novels and many dozens of short stories.” The series coincides with Ben Wheatley’s new adaptation of Ballard’s 1975 novel, High-Rise. Ballard was rather vocal about his provocative vision of the future during his lifetime, thanks to his interest in media and technology. The author envisioned a reality that has eerily manifested in many ways already, which we capture in these 20 quotes about Ballard’s vision for the future.