"The archive of J G Ballard, one of the most visionary British writers of the twentieth century, has been acquired by the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme and allocated to the British Library. HM Government's Acceptance in Lieu scheme, managed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is one of the primary ways of ensuring that important cultural treasures pass into the UK's public collections. J G Ballard's fiction, often shocking, predicted the rise of terrorism against tourists, the alienation of a society obsessed by new technology and ecological disasters such as the melting of the ice caps. Famous for his dystopian visions, Ballard was a provocative writer so distinctive and influential that his name has become an adjective in its own right. His important and lasting literary legacy includes such iconic works as Empire of the Sun and Crash, both of which were turned into major films"