I think Ballard is actually about ten times smarter than Burroughs. I mean, Burroughs is like a drunk who found a sharpened screwdriver in the gutter. His work is claptrap, but it’s marvellous claptrap. So that gives it a weird demented Bohemian majesty. Whereas Ballard is a very fastidious kind of guy who’s very much on top of his game. He’s willing to stare into the same abyss as Burroughs, but he’d never sit there in a heroin stupor as the abyss started eating its way up his leg.
Keep in mind, this is the guy who wrote Neuromancer while thinking that modern computers worked by means of some crystal inside them. He may be a good writer (I dunno, not my tastes), but I don't think science or research are exactly his forté.
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