British writer JG Ballard died on the weekend. He was one of the great twentieth century writers of science/speculative fiction.
One famous quote dubbed him as a great surreallist writer and his insight into the psychological effects of modernity was profound, never pretentious or overwrought. His writing is very beautiful.
Read The Guardian's obituary, Ballard in his own words, an appreciation of Ballard's influence on just about everything and some other articles on him.